About Us

We improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare for consumers and providers.

Do you deliver healthcare? Or pay for healthcare? No matter your role, Telligen can help you improve quality and lower costs by combining our deep clinical and technical expertise to solve your healthcare challenges. We are passionate about turning raw data into knowledge and knowledge into action. It's what we call "Healthcare Intelligence."

In 1972, Dr. John "Jack" Sunderbruch founded the Iowa Foundation for Medical Care on what he called "the concept of a more active peer review organization with a strong quality component and cost containment characteristic." The size of his staff? Exactly three employees.

Over the years, Telligen has been responsible for many "firsts," including:

  • Establishing the first nationwide public reporting solution for hospital quality measures
  • Developing and implementing the physician quality reporting initiative, PQRI, the first nationwide quality driven physician incentive payment program
  • Saving a state's Medicaid program $139.2 million dollars through a "first-of-its kind" population health management approach with physician and member interventions
  • Building and managing a data warehouse for more than 4.5 billion Medicare records.

And we have just begun.

In 2011, we renamed IFMC to Telligen, to better reflect how we use the power of Healthcare Intelligence to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare for consumers and providers.

In 2013, Telligen became 100% employee-owned.

With over 600 employees, we help a diverse set of clients across the country solve their healthcare challenges. Telligen is headquartered in Iowa with offices in Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

We are fortunate to be led by a visionary team of experts, who together, bring the experience and leadership savvy needed to deliver comprehensive population health management solutions. Our leaders focus us on a bold vision – to make healthcare in the United States sustainable again through a combination of unparalleled clinical and HIT solutions.

Jeff Chungath, CEO

Jeff Chungath


Jeff Chungath brings more than 20 years of biomedical, HIT and general management experience in healthcare, consumer goods and telecommunications. At Telligen, he led the design and deployment of several nationwide health information technology solutions. Jeff has an unparalleled perspective on leveraging health information technology and behavior change for transformational population health management. Jeff has been instrumental in driving and supporting solutions that get results for our clients.

Peg Mason, Vice President, Health Management

Peg Mason

Vice President, Health Management

Peg Mason owns healthcare quality improvement. She brings over 30 years of experience in healthcare quality improvement, patient safety, population health management and provider consulting, as well as technical assistance for creating and validating healthcare quality measures. Peg is recognized nationally for her leadership in healthcare quality, including her involvement with the federal QIO program and leadership in the CMS hospital public reporting program at its inception. Peg oversees Telligen's health management solutions for commercial payers, Medicaid and Medicare programs.

Peg holds designations of Registered Health Information Technician from the American Health Information Management Association, Certified Professional in Health Care Quality from the Healthcare Quality Certification Board and Population Health Certificate Program from the Population Health and Care Coordination Colloquium. Peg also previously served on the American Health Information Management Association's Practice Council on Quality Initiatives and Secondary Data and as a member of the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission's Health Standards Committee.

Brian Barry, Vice President, Information Management

Brian Barry

Vice President, Information Management

Brian Barry has been turning data into knowledge and knowledge into action for nearly 20 years. He brings extensive technical expertise and healthcare information technology experience, serving clients in both the commercial and government sectors. His experience includes leading the development and implementation of Revenue Cycle Systems, Electronic Health Records, Healthcare Data Management and Quality Reporting, and Health Management enterprise systems for health systems, providers and payers. Brian oversees Telligen's HIT solutions for commercial, State, and Federal clients.

Brian holds a bachelors degree in Management Information Systems from Iowa State University.

Denise Sturm, Chief Financial Officer

Denise Sturm

Chief Financial Officer

Denise Sturm understands the cost impact of healthcare and how it can compromise an organization's financial health. She brings 25 years of financial leadership experience in healthcare, commercial and State government. Denise serves as Vice President, Finance and Administration, leading financial and administrative functions, including finance, accounting, risk-management, contracts, compliance, pricing, proposals, purchasing and facilities.

Denise holds a bachelors of business administration in accounting from Iowa State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Doug Ventling, Vice President, Commercial Health Management Solutions

Doug Ventling

Vice President, Commercial Health Management Solutions

Doug Ventling knows how to make healthcare more cost-effective for employee populations, through innovative population health management solutions. Doug brings more than 25 years of broad-based experience in healthcare, insurance and consumer goods industries, leading advanced employee benefits and human resources programs and helping clients improve their population's health. He leads Telligen's commercial health solutions business, corporate human resources and marketing.

Dr. Paul Mulhausen, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Paul Mulhausen, M.D., M.H.S, F.A.C.P.

Chief Medical Officer

Paul Mulhausen M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer for Telligen, focused on providing clinical guidance at the executive level and enhancing Telligen's population health management solutions for current and prospective clients.

Dr. Mulhausen represents Telligen locally and nationally through his participation in regional and national collaborations. He brings his expertise in the care of people across the healthcare continuum, to support Telligen's core belief to deliver the right care, in the right setting at the right cost, every time.

Dr. Mulhausen received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Health Sciences degree from Duke University and completed his postgraduate training at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Stephanie Altman, JD

Assistance Director of Health Care Justice

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Board President


R. Ried Boom, MD

Family Physician


Jeff Chungath




Jay Style

SVP and CFO (retired)

Mathematica, Inc.


Marcus Bendickson, PhD

CEO and Chairman of the Board (retired)

Dynetics, Inc.

Telligen Community Initiative exists to provide philanthropic support to innovative health and community-based projects throughout Iowa and Illinois. Please visit www.telligenci.org to learn more about its work and how to make a funding request for its upcoming grant program. Thank you for learning more about how we demonstrate support in our communities.


Telligen was one of the first care management companies accredited by URAC in 1992 for our Health Utilization Management program. In 1998 our Case Management program obtained accreditation and our Disease Management program followed with accreditation in 2004. All three programs have maintained continuous accreditation since that time.

URAC Accredidation CM/DM/HUM

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