NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tom Winston has been selected as director of provider contracting for West and Middle Tennessee for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. In this role, he will be responsible for defining and directing contracting strategies and negotiations for physicians, hospitals and other providers in these two regions. He will be based in BlueCross’s Nashville office.

“Tom is bringing almost 20 years of health care experience into this leadership position, and that wealth of knowledge will strengthen our provider network and contracting team,” said Marc Barclay, vice president of provider networks and contracting for BlueCross.

Prior to this appointment, Winston served as the corporate director of revenue and relationship management for Novant Health, Inc., in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was responsible for leading the management of account relationships, negotiations and account management performance structures. Winston is returning to BlueCross after serving as a senior financial analyst in the late 90s.

Winston graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a master’s degree in business administration in 1995.

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.