About QLK

Mark L. Nelson


Mark L. Nelson

Managing Partner

Mark L. Nelson is a Managing Partner with QLK based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He brings to the role a 30-year career in comprehensive staff development and executive recruitment over a broad range of clinical, financial, marketing, sales, product development, and IT professional specialties in national health care payer and hospital markets.

Mark most recently served as a managing partner with Blausen Medical Communications, a company that produces award-winning online and mobile health education content for population health strategies, patient engagement programs, employee training, and care management initiatives. Blausen's clients include hospital systems, health plans, medical schools, pharmaceutical companies, health app developers, and broadcast television.

Earlier in his career, Mark spent 13 years with Allianz Life, the U.S. health care subsidiary of Allianz AG, which is headquartered in Munich, Germany. As an officer of the company, he managed its $100 million HMO reinsurance and hospital provider stop loss business. Mark's accomplishments included founding the LifeTrac Transplant Center of Excellence Network for Allianz, growing the number of insured lives from startup status in 1992 to 17 million in 2000, and directing the acquisition and management of the Allianz HMO network affiliate, UltraLink, in Costa Mesa, California. Senior management recruitment and retention were critical components of UltraLink's success in meeting the needs of its Fortune 500 clients, which included AT&T, American Airlines, Xerox, and Union Pacific. Mark was also Allianz Life's representative on the Health Insurance Association of America's Managed Care Committee in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining Allianz, Mark served as the U.S. managing general agent for a hospital stop loss program developed with Lloyd's of London, and was the founder and president of Protocol Networks, an organization that managed transplant and specialty care contracts at medical centers across the U.S. for self-funded employers, stop loss carriers, TPAs, and MGUs, and was acquired in 2012.

Mark has been a speaker at conferences held by the National Managed Health Care Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Self Insurance Institute of America (SIIA), and the Children's Health Care Association, and has written articles for The Self-Insurer, published by SIIA. He holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.


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