Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Your Health Insurance Plan Company News Quick Read-
Who's making news today?  Here is HCBD-Who'sIT!
Executive Index
by Company
Ms. Kay Mooney
Aetna Inc.
Vice President - Employee Benefits
Harold Paz M.D., M.S.
Aetna Inc.
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Ms. Ashley Owen
Aria Marketing
Senior Account Executive
Christopher (Chris) Long
AxisPoint Health, an HGS company
Mr. Matthew D. All
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
President and CEO
Dr. Keith E. Kapp
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
Vice President of Information Technology And Services And Chief Information Officer
Sunee N. Mickle
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
Vice President of Government and Community Relations
Mr. Scott Raymond
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
Vice President of Legal Services and General Counsel
Ms. Pam Kehaly
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ)
President and CEO
Ms. Beth Ginzinger
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ)
Chief Strategy Officer
Dr. Andrea Willis
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Chief Medical Officer
Natalie A. Tate PharmD
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Vice President of Pharmacy Management
Greg Buchert MD, MPH
Care1st Health Plan
President and CEO
Mr. Gene Napoliello
Delta Dental of New Jersey
Chairman of the Delta Dental Of New Jersey Foundation Board of Trustees
Mr. Dennis Wilson
Delta Dental of New Jersey
President and CEO
Mr. Ron Guerrier
Express Scripts, Inc.
Chief Information Officer
Mr. Neal Sample
Express Scripts, Inc.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer
Dr. Tyler VanderWeele
Harvard Chan School
Professor of Epidemiology
Mr. Partha DeSarkar
HGS | Hinduja Global Solutions
Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Kevin Robertson
HSA Bank, a division of Webster Bank, N.A.
Chief Revenue Officer
Jamal S. Rana MD, PhD
Kaiser Permanente
Cardiologist and Adjunct Investigator With the Division of Research
Steve Sidney MD, MPH
Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
Associate Director for Clinical Research
Mr. Paul Kaiser
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Neal Schwartz
Chief Operating Officer
Howard A. Zucker MD
New York State Department of Health
Commissioner of Health
Mairin McCabe
SHIFT Communications LLC
Ms. Jennifer Toole
SHIFT Communications LLC
Senior Account Manager
Mr. Bruce Temkin
Temkin Group
Managing Partner
Dr. Zachary Pruitt
University of South Florida (USF)
Department of Health Policy and Management, College of Public Health
Ms. Pamme Lyons-Taylor
WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
Vice President, Advocacy and Community Based Programs
Company News Headlines
HIP News and Announcements      
Care1st Health Plan Announces Name Change to Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan
“With this natural next step into the Blue Shield family, the more than 500,000 Californians that we serve can expect access to the same great doctors, services and community resources at their fingertips," said Dr. Greg Buchert MD, MPH , president and CEO of Care1st Health Plan

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BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Sees 52 Percent Drop in Long-Acting Opioid Prescriptions
“We are excited about our positive momentum, and we look forward to more collaboration with our government, provider and community partners to continue this progress,” said Dr. Andrea Willis , chief medical officer at BCBST

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AHIP Statement on CMS 2019 Medicare Advantage Rate Notice & Final Rule
" AHIP commends CMS on enacting policies that overall will strengthen and improve Medicare Advantage for America’s seniors. By finalizing many of its innovative proposals, CMS has acknowledged the value of private sector solutions for Medicare enrollees," said Mr. Matthew Eyles , Chief Operating Officer and incoming Chief Executive Officer, AHIP

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AHIP Blog: How Getting Sick Can Lead to Lost Income
“In the past few years there has been a public focus and debate on the ACA, along with public awareness of the increasing cost of healthcare. Meanwhile, this has distracted from the reality that medical costs are only part of the loss associated with serious health issues, and that the need for disability income protection insurance is just as basic as the need for medical coverage,” said Mr. Marty Traynor , Vice President, Voluntary Benefits, Mutual of Omaha

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In Reducing Deaths from Heart Disease and Stroke, Kaiser Permanente Outpaces Nation
“We think elements of Kaiser Permanente ’s approach can be replicated by other health care systems to lower mortality rates. Most heart disease and stroke-related deaths occur in people over 65, but mortality is still high for middle-aged members, so focusing on this vulnerable group could save many lives," said Dr. Steve Sidney MD, MPH , senior research scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research

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TriCare Earns Top Customer Experience Ratings for Health Plans, According to Temkin Group
"The heath plan industry once again finds itself at the bottom of the Ratings. If these companies ever want to improve, they really need to focus on the emotional component of their customer experience," said Mr. Bruce Temkin , managing partner of Temkin Group

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Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation Grants Aim To Bridge Healthcare Gap For Local Underserved; Grants Awarded to 34 Non-Profits Dedicated to Improving Dental Care
"Our Foundation also supports other programs, such as Captain Supertooth, our oral health super hero, who visits more than 5,000 pre-K through first graders annually educating them on tooth-friendly foods, brushing and flossing, and visiting the dentist," said Mr. Gene Napoliello , chairman of the Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation Board of Trustees

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WellCare Health Plans: New Study Shows How Managed Care Organizations Can Help Address Social Determinants of Health with New Social-Support Role
"The results of this study clearly point to the power of the peer network in quickly developing a bond with callers and helping them navigate the network of social resources," said Ms. Pamme Lyons-Taylor , vice president, WellCare 's Center for CommUnity Impact

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Aetna and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Launch Five-Year Well-Being Research Initiative
“Our work with faculty at the Harvard Chan School will provide us with a wealth of data on this subject, allowing us to enhance our strategy and create innovative new programs that can help improve the well-being of those we serve," said Dr. Harold Paz M.D., M.S. , Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Aetna

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Beth Ginzinger Named Chief Strategy Officer For Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
" Ms. Beth Ginzinger brings a level of expertise that will help expand the meaningful work we do on behalf of our members, and find more opportunities for us to improve quality of life for all Arizonans. As she joins our talented leadership team, Beth’s collaborative style will be an asset as she helps ensure we capture every opportunity," said Ms. Pam Kehaly , CEO and President, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

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HSA Bank to Present on the Convergence of Health and Wealth
“The HSA Bank Health & Wealth IndexSM and associated calculator is one of the first tools in the industry that translates subjective measures into an objective score. With this information, employers can begin to effect change in employee behaviors and improve engagement," said Ms. Kevin Robertson , senior vice president at HSA Bank

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Matt All Takes Helm At Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Kansas, Names Three New Vice Presidents
"I am deeply honored to work on behalf of our members in communities across the state. Alongside our 1,600 employees, I plan to carry on our 76-year commitment to providing Kansans peace of mind and access to a better quality of life," said Mr. Matthew D. All , President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

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NAVIGATION - Other Sections in Today's HCBD-Who'sIT! Daily:
Solutions News and Announcements
HIP HR-Jobs-Promotions
HIP Wonk Watch

Solutions News and Announcements    back to index
HGS Acquires AxisPoint Health
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HIP HR-Jobs-Promotions    back to index
Express Scripts Names Ron Guerrier Chief Information Officer
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MedeAnalytics Appoints Neal Schwartz as Chief Operating Officer
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HIP Wonk Watch    back to index
NCQA: New Patient-Centered Program Launched for New York Primary Care Practices
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