CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently honored two BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee employees with the Inspector General’s Integrity Award, which recognizes individuals in the health care industry who protect the integrity of HHS programs.

Stacey Myers and Susan McKesson, investigators in the company’s special investigation unit, were highlighted for their participation in and dedication to a task force operated by the U.S. Attorneys Office of the Eastern District of Tennessee. The task force investigated a substantial health care fraud case involving Medicare and Medicaid.

“Stacey and Susan provided exceptional support to state and federal authorities as they investigated this case of fraud,” said Jack Price, senior manager for BlueCross’ special investigation unit. “Their efforts on behalf of the special investigation unit resulted in a recovery of funds which helps protect payers and others from financial losses, as well as ensures the safety and quality of our members’ care.”

These Integrity Awards bring BlueCross’ total to five honors. It is the second recognition during 2006 for the company.

About BlueCross

In response to the rising cost of health care fraud, in 1983, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee established an investigative unit dedicated to detecting, preventing and pursuing health care fraud and abuse. These units are located in both Chattanooga and Memphis to provide statewide coverage. The BlueCross Special Investigations Unit (SIU) consists of individuals with backgrounds in law enforcement, investigations, legal, auditing, claims analysis, and medical professions. Suspected cases of fraud and abuse can be reported via a toll-free hotline at 1-800-496-9600 or visit www.bcbst.com.