Kirk Shanks, MAS
Senior Consultant, Healthcare Analytics & Risk Adjustment
Kirk Shanks is a Senior Consultant at GHG. He has a strong actuarial background with a
passion for risk adjustment. Kirk’s primary expertise resides around data management,
mathematics, and computer programming.
Prior to joining GHG, Kirk held financial Information Technology (IT) positions focused on
understanding risk adjustment calculations, market impacts, and data submissions. He is
well-versed in working with complicated data sets and providing presentations to
Throughout his career, Kirk was responsible for the development of innovative software
that improved efficiency and accuracy in calculating Medicare receivables, positioning
client companies to save $50,000+ annually; improvement of accuracy and efficiency of
the CMS bidding process by developing an algorithm that provided a simplified overview
of data for use by health plans and actuaries; standardized and automated process for
plan benefit package claims mapping and risk scoring; and creating an algorithm and
comprehensive, multiple-year database that could be easily accessed for the entire
Additionally, Kirk designed, automated, and implemented extraction, transformation, and
loading (ETL) processes for most CMS standard data sets, such as the Monthly
Membership Report, and designed algorithms to process data using business rules in
conjunction with technical definitions. He also assisted health plans with identifying errors
in their risk adjustment processes, worth millions of dollars.
Kirk has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Kennesaw State University and MAS,
Master of Actuarial Science from Georgia State University.