Monday, August 06, 2018
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Executive Index
by Company
Ms. Cynthia Hundorfean
Allegheny Health Network
President and Chief Executive Officer
Adam Beck JD, MSM
America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
Vice President of Employer Health Policy and Initiatives
Rena Sheehan LICSW
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI)
Managing Director of Behavioral Health
Mr. Tim Vines
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
President and Chief Executive Officer
Patrick Conway MD, MSc
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC)
President and CEO
Dr. Greg Sweat
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Ms. Whitney Baume
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Director of Contract Development and Standards
Ms. Stacy Eiselstein
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Associate General Counsel
Mr. Kevin Baill
Butler Hospital
Chief of Addictions Services
Ms. Janet Campbell
Cambia Health Solutions, Inc. (formerly The Regence Group)
Chief of Staff
Ms. Danielle Susi
Cambia Health Solutions, Inc. (formerly The Regence Group)
Sourcing Analyst
Mr. Mike Davis
Dominion National | Dominion Dental Services
President and Chief Operating Officer
Nicholas A. Moriello RHU
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware
Market President
Ms. Deborah L. Rice-Johnson
Highmark Inc.
Executive Vice President for Health Services
Ms. Cindy Donohoe
Highmark Inc.
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Mr. Timothy (Tim) Constantine
United Concordia Companies, Inc
President and Chief Operating Officer
R. Matthew (Matt) Hosford RPh
Wellmark, Inc.
Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer
Company News Headlines
HIP News and Announcements      
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana: Business to Business Forum on Healthcare Solutions Offers Employers Access to Leading Experts as Landscape Changes
Changes to healthcare reform law. Turbulent prescription drug costs. The opioid epidemic. Healthcare innovation. Advances in care. Since Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana hosted the first Business to Business Forum on Healthcare Solutions (B2B health forum) three years ago, the landscape of healthcare has become even more uncertain. And employers are right to be concerned with the factors pressuring healthcare costs.

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Blue Cross NC Files to Lower ACA Rates by Average of 4.1 Percent
“This is the first individual market rate decrease in Blue Cross NC history and will benefit people across North Carolina. We’re moving in the right direction, but even with a lower rate, premiums are still too high – particularly for those who don’t get a subsidy. With more certainty from Washington, rates would be 15 percent or more lower. We must address both market instability and the rising price of health care," said Dr. Patrick Conway MD, MSc , President and CEO of Blue Cross NC

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Forbes Names Cambia Among Best Employers for Women in First-Ever Ranking
Cambia Health Solutions was named among America’s “Best Employers for Women” by Forbes, which ranked 300 companies based on a national survey of 40,000 people.

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Capital BlueCross: ‘Live Fearless Day’ Promotes Wellness and Gives Back to the Community
A little rain didn’t dampen the spirits of about 110 children of Capital BlueCross employees, who pitched in on Tuesday to assemble birthday bags for food-insecure families and learn healthy habits as part of our annual “Live Fearless Day."

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Dominion National Releases Mobile Communication Platform for Members
“We are continuously seeking ways to provide easy access to information for our customers through innovative technology. We believe Go is an effective way to better communicate and serve our members with timely, useful communications and we are excited about expanding its application," said Mr. Mike Davis , President, Dominion National

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Allegheny Health Network: 100 Innovations in 100 Days #LivingProof marketing blitz shines light on AHN’s legacy of groundbreaking care
“The success of our #LivingProof campaign demonstrated that the way we connect with our members and patients needs to be as personal and unique as the way they experience health care. Through this new campaign, we want to continue to show patients real proof of the highly advanced care that Allegheny Health Network delivers daily, and often before other providers in the community," said Ms. Cindy Donohoe , executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Highmark

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Independence Blue Cross Foundation announces nearly $1.8M in grants supporting nursing, addressing the opioid epidemic, and community health and wellness
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation | IBC Foundation today announced nearly $1.8 million in funding to support three programs: Nurses for Tomorrow, Supporting Treatment and Opioid Prevention (STOP) Initiative, and Building Healthier Communities.

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BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Picks Baume as Director of Contract Development and Standards
" Ms. Whitney Baume s considerable experience in contract negotiation, regulatory compliance, and leading teams makes her an excellent fit for this position. We are excited to have her join the BCBST family," said Ms. Stacy Eiselstein , vice president of provider network operations for BlueCross

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Nicholas Moriello named president of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware
"We congratulate Mr. Timothy Constantine on his full-time move to United Concordia and welcome Mr. Nicholas A. Moriello RHU to Highmark Delaware

. Nick brings with him an extensive knowledge of the health insurance industry combined with a deep commitment and understanding of the Delaware community, his over 25 years' experience in Delaware make him an ideal fit to serve as our market president," said Ms. Deborah L. Rice-Johnson , Highmark Health Plan president

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Blue KC Announcese Expansion of Spira Care
"We are excited to partner with Vera Whole Health for our new Spira Care Centers. Their team brings years of experience providing population health management to employers with a delivery model of on-site primary care and demonstrated results in raising the standard of quality, affordability and patient satisfaction," said Dr. Greg Sweat , Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City

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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island promotes importance of local treatment for substance use disorders
“This highlights how recovery is supported through relationships with family, friends and social networks. Someone who is removed from their home environment is away from these natural supports and may have a difficult time rebuilding those relationships when they return," said Ms. Rena Sheehan LICSW , managing director of behavioral health at BCBSRI

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Wellmark data shows progress toward preventing inappropriate prescription opioid use
“While we are encouraged by the findings in this report, we can’t lose sight that opioid addiction is still an issue in the state. Wellmark is committed to working with Iowa stakeholders to address this crisis," said Mr. R. Matthew Hosford RPh , Wellmark vice president and chief pharmacy officer

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ACOM Medical Students Selected to Receive Medical School Scholarships From Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
“Congratulations to each of these medical students for being selected for this scholarship. They are truly exceptional students who recognize the importance of this program. I commend them for wanting to make a difference in improving the healthcare of others and wanting to provide the quality healthcare needed in many of the underserved areas of our state," said Mr. Tim Vines , President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

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