Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Your Health Insurance Plan Company News Quick Read-
Who's making news today?  Here is HCBD-Who'sIT!
Executive Index
by Company
Mr. John J. Wagner
Aetna Health Inc. (Oregon)
Network Market Head
Edna Willingham
AMERIGROUP Community Care - Tennessee
Edna Willingham
AMERIGROUP Community Care - Tennessee
Former Director of Medical Management (TLC Family Care HealthPlan)
Mr. Mike Hamerlik
Arise Health Plan | WPS Health Plan, Inc.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Andrew Dreyfus
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA)
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Allison Hamblin
Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS)
Senior Vice President
Ms. Sandra Cotterell
Codman Square Health Center
Emad Rizk MD
CEO and Board Director
Mr. Anthony (Tony) S. Barth
Delta Dental of California, Pennsylvania and its affiliated companies
Former President and CEO
David LaMarche
Eastside Health Network
Executive Director
Dr. Peter Bonis
Health Language | Wolters Kluwer Health,
Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Effectiveness
Mr. Henry Cha
Healthcare Interactive Inc. (HCI) | Habeo health plans
Chief Executive Officer
Bryce A. Williams JD
HealthMine, Inc.
CEO and President
Ms. Laura Lott
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan - Hawaii
Director - Community and Public Relations
Ms. Jennifer Carney
Kaiser Permanente
Chief of the Division Of Hematology and Oncology
Mr. Jeff Hayes
Koan Health
Executive Vice President
Mr. DT Nguyen
Koan Health
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Ron Wozny
Koan Health
Former Senior Marketing Consultant
Ms. Margaret (Peggy) E. O'Kane
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
Lee Handke PharmD
Nebraska Health Network
Mr. Rusty Frantz
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. David Kelley
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Chief Medical Officer
Richard G. Popiel MD, MBA
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Chief Medical Officer
Ms. Victoria Khamsombath
SHIFT Communications LLC
Account Executive
Ms. AnneMarie Gramling
Silverlink, A Welltok Company
Vice President, Professional Services
Ms. Tamara Meadows
StoneGate Senior Living
Divisional Director of Clinical Operations, Oklahoma
Ms. Patti Killingsworth
Chief of Long-Term Services and Supports
James Schuster MD, MBA
UPMC Health Plan
VP of Behavioral Integration
Ms. Karen Gardner
WiserTogether, Inc.
Senior Vice President of Client Success
Mr. Max Kahn
WiserTogether, Inc.
Scott Kowalski JD, RHU
WPS Health Insurance - Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation
Executive Vice President
Company News Headlines
HIP News and Announcements      
Amerigroup Tennessee Earns Long Term Services and Supports Distinction from the National Committee for Quality Assurance
“Creating a more coordinated health care system for TennCare members is central to our mission, so much so that members of our team voluntarily served on the technical and advisory committees that helped develop NCQA ’s LTSS Distinction standards," said Edna Willingham , president for AMERIGROUP

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BCBSMA: Mayor Walsh, Blue Cross kick off new Dorchester community health program with healthy cooking class
"This partnership with BCBSMA has allowed us to provide our patients at risk for serious health issues the opportunity to receive personalized support to enable healthy behavior changes. Healthy living goes beyond the medical setting – providing patients with the resources to improve their health and quality of life through healthy cooking classes, fitness classes, and group nature walks is just as important," said Ms. Sandra Cotterell , CEO of Codman Square Health Center

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AHIP: Majority of Americans Satisfied with Their Employer’s Health Plan, New Survey Shows
“Employer-provided coverage is a pillar of Americans’ health and financial security. The results reaffirm that American workers and their families depend on their coverage to provide them with protection and peace of mind," said Ms. Marilyn Tavenner , President and CEO of AHIP

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Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center Recognized for Excellence in Cancer Care
“Our coordinated care approach takes into account our patients’ total picture of health and enables us to deliver safer, more effective care. Thanks to our dedicated providers and staff, we’re grateful to make a difference in the lives of numerous cancer survivors every year," said Ms. Jennifer Carney of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

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Regence Reduces Opioid Prescriptions By 22% Through Point-Of-Sale Alerts, Direct Provider Outreach And Strengthened Policies
“We’re taking a stand to support our communities and the members we serve. We are ensuring members who can benefit from opioid treatment get the care they need, while strengthening our medication policies to reduce opioid misuse, and supporting our members who need addiction treatment," said Dr. Richard G. Popiel MD, MBA , executive vice president and chief medical officer at Regence

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UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care Announces Positive Impact of Behavioral Health Home Plus Model for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness in New Article Published in Health Affairs Journal
“Adults with serious mental illness have a decreased life expectancy of up to 25 years compared to the general population and are often faced with a combination of high medical need and challenges in accessing high quality medical care. Often, these individuals are at high risk for chronic disease, which makes the integration of behavioral health and physical health critically important," said Dr. James Schuster MD, MBA , chief medical officer for Medicaid, special needs, and behavioral services at UPMC Health Plan

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WPS Health Solutions: Scott Kowalski offers insights on future of health insurance
“It should come as no surprise that all the sick people bought plans on the Exchange, and the young healthies stayed away because the fine (for not purchasing health insurance) was not punitive enough,” said Mr. Scott Kowalski JD, RHU , Executive Vice President of Arise Health Plan

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Delta Dental Community Care Foundation Makes $9.6 Million Commitment to Improve Oral Health in Underserved Communities
“We are committed to improving the health and enhancing the lives of the people in our communities, especially those who are most in need. In order to do so, it’s critical for everyone to have access to high-quality and affordable dental care. We believe that our investment last year is helping to build healthier, happier communities," said Mr. Anthony S. Barth , president and CEO, Delta Dental

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StoneGate Senior Living Expands Health Insurance Options for Oklahoma Consumers with Blue Cross Blue Shield and Humana Contracts
“We are proud to add BCBSOK and Humana to our in-network insurance options, and offer expanded choice and cost management to our patients," said Ms. Tamara Meadows , Divisional Director of Clinical Operations, Oklahoma, StoneGate Senior Living

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Eastside Health Network Announces the Launch of Four Value-Based Contracts
" Eastside Health Network focuses on advancing the health of the Puget Sound’s Eastside population, while reducing the overall cost of care through standardized utilization and patient care management. By working collaboratively with these plans, our network of providers will advance care coordination and preventive care, driving improved health outcomes and enhanced patient experience,” said David LaMarche , Eastside Health Network executive director

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NAVIGATION - Other Sections in Today's HCBD-Who'sIT! Daily:
HIP Care Management and Well-Being Announcements
Solutions News and Announcements
HIP Wonk Watch

HIP Care Management and Well-Being Announcements    back to index
Nebraska Health Network Enters Strategic Relationship with Koan Health for Accountable Care Analytics
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Welltok Launches EngageME to Streamline Member Communications
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Solutions News and Announcements    back to index
Verscend to Acquire Commercial Health Insurance Payer Products from General Dynamics Information Technology
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WiserTogether and HCIactive partner to deliver advanced healthcare technology solutions to employers
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HIP Wonk Watch    back to index
HealthMine Survey: 75% of U.S. Employees Believe Their Health Plan Has Never Alerted Them to a Health Risk, Even Though Their Plan Has Likely Done So
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KLAS Report Names NextGen Healthcare as Most Improved
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New Japan Study Finds Clinicians Make Significantly Fewer Mistakes when Using UpToDate from Wolters Kluwer
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