Our Team

John P. Schmitt, Ph.D
President & CEO

John P. Schmitt, Ph.D - President & CEO

 As CEO and Managing Director of Reliance Consulting Group (RCG), John P. Schmitt plays an integral role in advising healthcare clients on managed care processes and health reform developments.  Dr. Schmitt founded RCG in November 2011.  Prior to starting RCG, Dr. Schmitt was Director, Subject Matter Expert in Managed Care for Navigant, a world-wide healthcare consulting firm. He has over 35 years experience in healthcare consulting, academics and corporation management. He is founder of two medical database companies with numerous insurance company clients. Dr. Schmitt's contracting methodologies have been highlighted in several articles in trade journals published by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), American Medical Group Association (AMGA), and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). He is also a contributor to Accountable Care News and the Managed Care Contracting & Reimbursement Advisor. Dr. Schmitt served as the 2014 Chair of MGMA's Payer Contracting Society Leadership Team.

J. Garrett Schmitt, MBA - Consultant & Cofounder

 J. Garrett Schmitt is a founding member of Reliance Consulting Group and has over 15 years experience in account management and client relations. He holds an BBA from the University of Georgia as well as an MBA and also has had extensive training in NCQA’s PCMH program. Mr. Schmitt serves as consultant and data analyst for Reliance, specializing in the development and customization of analytic tools for use by independent provider groups and ACO clients alike. He is also experienced with commercial payer contract negotiation and has been instrumental in facilitating new FFS and value-based agreements with accountable care organizations and individual medical practices in multiple states.


James S. Bennie, MHSA- Senior Consultant

 Jim Bennie is a healthcare leader who has spent the last 30 years assisting physicians and hospitals to lower medical costs and to improve the quality of care delivered to patients. He has worked for a variety of healthcare organizations ranging from small physician clinics to large hospital systems and insurance companies, like Blue Cross of California. Most recently he was responsible for the operations and financial performance of 9 MSSP ACOs representing 1,100 physicians, 103,000 Medicare beneficiaries and $998 million in medical expenditures. Prior to this position he was involved in the development of 6 Advanced Payment MSSP ACOs.

In addition to his ACO experience he developed and managed 20 IPAs, 70 PHOs, 3 CBOs, and 5 MSOs. He negotiated hundreds of capitation and managed care contracts in very competitive markets, such as California, Texas, Tennessee and Georgia. Positioning providers for the clinical and financial transformation that is required to increase reimbursement in the future is Jim’s specialty and focus.

Jim earned a MHSA from the University of Illinois and a BS in Marketing from Southern Illinois University. In addition, he held licenses for Life and Disability Insurance and as an EMT.

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