CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee announced the promotion of Stacy Eiselstein to director of contract development and management. In this role, Eiselstein will oversee the provider contracting departments for both government and commercial lines of business.

Eiselstein brings more than 12 years of law and health care experience to this new position. Previously she filled the role of associate general counsel at BlueCross which provides vital background needed regarding BlueCross’ contracting and regulatory requirements. While in this role she worked in contract development but also in areas of governance, regulatory requirements, strategic investments and intellectual property.

“As we look at our quickly changing industry we see a need for more focused efforts regarding the structure of our contracting, especially in respect to market dynamics that we expect to see in 2014 and beyond,” said Mark Austin, senior vice president of network management for BlueCross. “Stacy’s history with BlueCross and experience in health care make her especially qualified to direct the company’s provider contracting strategy on behalf of our members.”

Before working at BlueCross, Eiselstein was an attorney at Miller & Martin and at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, where she specialized in commercial transactions. She worked extensively with local companies in real estate development, and represented corporations in asset purchases and loan workouts.

Eiselstein received her Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University, and both her Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is active in the community and currently serves on the boards for the Chattanooga Area Swim League, Lookout Mountain Fairyland Club, and actively volunteers with Junior Achievement of Greater Chattanooga.

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.