Jim Watson

Jim Watson


BDO Rosemont Office



Executive Summary

Jim Watson is a principal with BDO’s Healthcare Advisory practice, with 30 years of senior management experience in healthcare operations and managed care, assisting hospitals, physician groups, medical networks, and managed care plans.

Jim has an extensive background in working with health systems, hospitals, and physician networks on managed care and value-based contracting, with relevant experience in contract negotiations, contract implementation and contract management, as well as performance improvement. Jim’s experience covers an array of business models including global and partial risk contracting, shared savings programs, patient attribution models across the entire spectrum of payor contract models (commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid). Jim also provides professional interim management and project management support to organizations large and small, and has contributed to the success of several provider-sponsored health plans (PSHPs).

Jim led the development of several Chicago-area clinically integrated networks (CINs), including presentation of a CI program to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in Washington, D.C. Jim’s previous experience included regional vice president for CIGNA Healthcare, with responsibility for Midwest operations. Jim was with United Healthcare as vice president of medical delivery systems for the Illinois region, and with Advocate Healthcare as corporate director of managed care. He also served as assistant vice president of finance and managed care at Rush North Shore Medical Center in Chicago. Jim’s career began with Maxicare Health Plans as a consumer affairs representative.

Professional Affiliations

Healthcare Financial Management Association Illinois


M.B.A., B.S., Northern Illinois University

Community Involvement

Tri-Town YMCA, DuPage County, Illinois
Sacred Heart Parish, Lombard, Illinois
Young Hearts For Life, Oak Brook, Illinois