About Us

Christopher Place Healthcare Review (CPHCR) is a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania based Independent Review Organization (IRO) accredited by the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC) under the direct supervision of Brent J. O’Connell MD, MSHA. 

Dr. O’Connell spent 15 years learning the inner workings of the insurance industry. He was employed by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in a variety of positions ranging from Medical Director to VP Medical Affairs and has extensive experience with all plan operations and medical and payment policy.


Dr. O'Connell was responsible for all medical policy for the company during his time of employment. He served as the Chairman of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s (BCBSA) Medical Policy Panel for six years and as a member of the BCBSA Technology Evaluation Center's Medical Advisory Panel for four years. He was appointed as a member of the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee (MedCAC) in 2006.