CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Christy Vitulli has been named the vice president of provider networks and contracting for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. In this position, Vitulli will play a vital role in the management of provider contracting activities throughout all lines of business, including commercial, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid.

Vitulli will lead contracting strategies, execute network requirements for the health insurance exchange and develop and manage new provider payment models. Additionally, she will oversee the development and managerial functions associated with the strategic planning and daily operation of the provider network team.

"We are pleased to have Christy join our team during this transformational time in the health care industry," said Mark Austin, senior vice president of provider network management for BlueCross. "Her knowledge of the Tennessee market and experience gained in her previous role at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida provides a unique opportunity for her to offer valuable insight and leadership as we transform our contracting strategies and develop even stronger relationships with the provider community."

At the Florida Blues Plan, Vitulli served as vice president of provider solutions and network operations. In that position she provided leadership for network operations, issue management, professional relations, and provider communications and education. Additionally she held leadership positions at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee as well as at John Deere Health Care, Inc., Heritage Health Systems and North American Medical Management in Beaumont and Houston, Texas.

Vitulli received a Bachelor of Arts degree of business administration from Texas A&M University. Furthering her educational endeavors, Vitulli studied at Lipscomb University where she earned an MBA.

Vitulli will be based out of BlueCross’ Nashville office and will work with health care providers statewide.

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