CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Robert L. Kennedy Jr., coordinator for the special investigations unit of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, has earned the professional credential of accredited health care fraud investigator (AHFI).

Kennedy, who has worked as a fraud investigator for 16 years with BlueCross, is among the first 177 professionals in the United States to receive this new designation.

The credential was awarded by the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, a national private-public organization dedicated to fighting health care fraud.

Individuals with an AHFI credential must meet specific educational and training criteria as well as demonstrate advanced knowledge in insurance fraud detection and investigation.

About BlueCross

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.