About Us

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Who We Are

The more that people try to simplify our healthcare system, the more complicated it seems to get.

Instead of being part of the problem, we believe in being part of the solution.


For Employers
Next Level HealthCare focuses on the changing health market so that you can focus on growing your business.  We work with your leadership team and employees to fully understand your goals and benefit needs in order to attract and retain quality employees.

Your employees are your biggest asset.  It is important that you select high quality benefits for them as well as making it easy for both you and your employees.  It is no surprise that there will be issues that come up due to the complexity of the health care system.  It is important that you have someone that understands how to navigate through the bureaucracy to fix the problem, immediately.

For Insurance Companies
Large insurance companies have the resources to adopt innovation, however, they have multiple conflicting priorities that limit their ability to get to the next level on a timely basis.

Regional insurance companies have the agility to change quickly, but lack the resources to develop and implement innovative solutions to compete with the largest competitors.


Derek Bridges is a nationally recognized health care expert, specializing in the areas of employee benefits, technology and strategic alignment.

Prior to founding Next Level HealthCare , Bridges served in executive roles for several of the largest health insurance companies in the US, including Anthem, Aetna, and Delta Dental.  He successfully developed and aligned growth strategies to double revenue and/or profitability in $100MM  - $1B+ organizations.

​In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for PixarBio (www.pixarbio.com), National Practice Solutions and ABCR Laboratorios S.L. He has also held leadership and board roles for several technology ventures including PayForward, the Wharton Writing Challenge, Educere and Ascend Learning.

Derek also proudly serves on the advisory boards for the University of Kansas Business School and The Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City.

Derek has been nationally recognized for his growth results and strategic alignment efforts. Delta Dental of Kansas was one of 84 total companies worldwide inducted into the Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame based on the transformational results achieved. He chaired the National Strategy Group for Delta Dental, representing the largest market share in the industry. Derek has recently led the effort to implement the Balanced Scorecard at the University of Kansas School of Business.

​Derek holds an MBA from the University of Kansas and an MSE from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

"I founded Next Level HealthCare because it was clear that while all facets of the health care system want to provide the best care possible, aligning the goals of employers, insurance companies and health care providers is not for the faint of heart.  NLHC embraces that challenge to create the best outcome for everyone involved."

 - Derek S Bridges

Free Consultation

I would love the opportunity to discuss your company's goals, health care reform readiness and provide an analysis of your employee benefits competitiveness.