CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The International Claim Association (ICA) recently presented Jerry Ward, vice president of state claims for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, with its Outstanding Claim Achievement Award, which recognizes significant contributions in the health claims industry.

ICA, the largest organization for claims professionals in the life and health insurance business, selected Ward from a field of 20 national nominees at its annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

Ward was honored for his ability to create “win-win” business relationships as well as encourage an update of health plan provisions to reflect current medical technology and industry standards.

“Jerry is a tremendous asset to BlueCross,” said Bill Everley, senior vice president of benefits administration for BlueCross. “His relationship building skills and his focus on customers’ needs have brought added value to our millions of health plan members.”

Evidence of Ward’s leadership is found in a series of important account contract extensions and renewals, along with record-high service levels and customer satisfaction ratings.

Ward is a 25-year employee of BlueCross.

About ICA

ICA is the largest organization of claims professionals in the life and health insurance industry. Their specialities include life, accident, health/medical, disability, workers’ compensation, fraud and many insurance companies in the United States, Canada and numerous other countries.

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