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Mary Danielson, APR
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working press only. Any other inquiries should be
directed to BlueCross BlueShield
of Tennessee Customer Service
at 1-800-565-9140

Press Releases

Archives:  2012 | 2011

Date

Title

3/13/2014 Kingsport YMCA Expansion Gets $1.6 Million Boost from BlueCross
3/12/2014 BlueCross Links Members with Pharmacists for Improved Medication Management
Free program aims to improve quality of care for Medicare Advantage enrollees
2/12/2014 BlueCross Elevates Knight to Director of Corporate Pharmacy Affairs
2/11/2014 BlueCross Elevates Szyjkowski to Director of Provider, InterPlan Operations
2/4/2014 BlueCross Pledges $3 Million to Healthier Tennessee
Boosts effort to help Tennesseans exercise more, eat better, quit tobacco use
1/30/2014 Wallen elected to BlueCross Board of Directors
1/17/2014 Majority of Marketplace Shoppers Enrolled in BlueCross Plans
Membership mirrors that of Marketplace at state and national levels
1/16/2014 Feb. 28 Deadline Set for BlueCross Diversity Scholarships
Three $5,000 awards designed to build qualified, inclusive medical workforce
1/14/2014 BlueCross Again Extends Marketplace Payment Deadline
Premiums due Jan. 31 for plans bought by Dec. 24
12/19/2013 BlueCross Extending Deadline for Marketplace Payments
Premiums for plans bought by Dec. 23 can be paid until Jan. 15
12/9/2013 BlueCross to Offer One-Year Extensions to Individuals With Policy Renewal Dates through October 1, 2014
11/19/2013 BlueCross Will Work to Allow One-Year Extension of Individual and Small Group Plans
10/29/2013 BlueCare, Religious Leaders Team to Tackle Health Care Disparities
Volunteers to educate minority populations on proper health care

10/16/2013

BlueCross Promotes Phillips to Vice President of Network Innovation

10/16/2013

Williams Receives 2013 ISSA International Award for “Volunteer of the Year”
Honorees recognized at Information Security Conference

10/14/2013 BlueCare Tennessee Initiatives Cited by Industry Association
Work on prevention and children's health recognized as best practices

10/1/2013

BlueCross Launches Redesigned Website, Readies for Marketplace
Consumer-focused website streamlines customer experience, offers upgraded shopping and plan comparison tools for making the right health care choices

09/23/2013

BlueCross Elevates Dr. Willis to Vice President, Chief Medical Officer
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has promoted Dr. Andrea Willis to the position of chief medical officer and vice president to lead health programs benefiting the company’s more than 3 million members.

9/10/2013

BlueCross Earns Spot on the 2013 InformationWeek 500 List of U.S. Top Technology Innovators
Member 360 dashboard fuels superior customer service through data integration

9/5/2013

Health Care Information on the Go
BlueCross offers free mobile app with easy access to everything from in-network doctors and urgent care to digital ID cards

8/20/2013

Five Things Millennials Want to Know About the Health Insurance Marketplace
BlueCross Launches New Website to Educate Shoppers

8/13/2013

BlueCross Names Weber Community Relations Manager

8/9/2013

BlueCross Names King Pharmacy Director for Government Programs

7/17/2013

Sumner Medical Group Receives Honor for Quality
BlueCross Patient–Centered Medical Home Partnership Earns Level II NCQA Recognition

7/15/2013

Dickler Appointed Vice President of Senior Products for BlueCross

7/9/2013

BlueCross 2012 Outreach Efforts Top $10 Million
Company has record year in giving back to Tennessee communities

7/8/2013

Culver Named BlueCross Vice President, Chief Audit Executive

6/24/2013

Tennessee Has High Rate of Avoidable Hospitalizations
BlueCross Health Institute report shows especially in rural areas, patients with manageable conditions often wind up in hospitals

6/12/2013

BlueCross’ Awards Inaugural Diversity Scholarships
Event honors minority students majoring in health care

6/7/2013

MSHA, BlueCross create new network agreement; patients to keep full access to MSHA services
Four-year term ensures continued access to MSHA facilities

6/4/2013

BlueCross Meets MLR Requirements of Health Care Reform Law
Health plan achieved minimum medical loss ratios for all lines of business in 2012; No customer rebates required

5/24/2013

BlueCross, Wellmont Reach Accord on Contract Extension
Agreement extends relationship to serve Tri-Cities region until mid-2015

5/24/2013

Scripps Joins BlueCross as Director of Quality Care Partnership

5/22/2013

Grizzard to Direct Provider Contracting for BlueCross

5/16/2013

Boerger Named Chief Compliance Officer at BlueCross

5/13/2013

Rafielle Freeman Named Director of Quality Improvement
Long-time employee leads performance initiatives of BlueCare Tennessee

5/7/2013

BlueCross Board Taps DeVinney as Chairperson
Retired Eastman Chemical Executive DeVinney Elected to Leadership Role; Hilliard Chosen as Vice Chairman

5/3/2013

BlueCross’ Medicaid Subsidiary Changes to Familiar Name
BlueCare Tennessee launches new website, establishes social media presence

4/24/2013

BlueCross, Erlanger Establish 5-Year Strategic Partnership
New partnership includes all provider networks and collaboration on patient care innovations to improve quality and cost

4/10/2013

BlueCross Offers Middle Schools Chance to Rev Up PE
Application period for Shape the State grants opens April 15

4/3/2013

Health Care Costs Focus of BlueCross Educational Campaign
New Website Addresses Cost Impact of Affordable Care Act

4/2/2013

BlueCross Congratulates Nineteen Hospitals on Receiving Blue Distinction Center+ Designation for Quality and Efficiency
The Blue Distinction® Designation Aids Consumers and Employers in Choosing High-Performing Hospitals

3/21/2013

BlueCross Taps Paulk to Direct Product Strategy for the Health Insurance Marketplace

3/5/2013

BlueCross Legal Department Honored For Pro Bono Work

3/5/2013

BlueCross, MissionPoint Health Partners Launch Accountable Care Network Health Plan Option for Self-Funded Employer Groups
New 4-year accountable care agreement focuses on improved patient outcomes and cost-efficient care in Middle Tennessee

2/7/2013

BlueCross Wins Green Light Award
Green Building Council honor recognizes BlueCross’ sustainable operations, Gold LEED-certification

2/6/2013

Weiser to Lead Compliance Division at BlueCross

1/31/2013

BlueCross to Offer Diversity Scholarships
Three $5,000 awards will go to undergraduate students majoring in health care

1/10/2013

Cookeville Primary Care Associates Receives Highest Honor for Quality
BlueCross Patient–Centered Medical Home Partnership Earns Level III NCQA Recognition

1/4/2013

Winton Named Director of State Government Relations

1/2/2013

Bill Gracey Takes Over as BlueCross CEO
Steps into top role with retirement of predecessor Vicky Gregg

Archives

2012

Date

Title

12/7/2012 Daffron Joins BlueCross as Director of Digital Marketing
11/15/2012 Huskey Promoted to Director of Market Strategy for BlueCross
11/15/2012 C. Everett Koop Recognizes BlueCross as Model Wellness Program
Employee wellness program recognized for efforts to improve employee health and reduce medical costs
11/7/2012 BlueCross Names Merriman Chief Information Security Officer
10/29/2012 Tate to Direct Corporate Pharmacy Affairs
10/26/2012 BlueCross Wins People's Choice Awards at Information Management Symposium
Insurer honored by peers for data and analytics projects that promote better health outcomes for BlueCross members
10/16/2012 BlueCross Recognized for Exemplary Workplace Practices
Insurer receives prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility
10/3/2012 BlueCross to Reduce Workforce
Insurer cuts 100 positions to help control costs; prepare for reform
9/26/2012 BlueCross Taps Eiselstein as Director of Contract Development and Management
9/26/2012 BlueCross Promotes Phillips to Director of Provider Relations and Communications
9/26/2012 Ewing to Direct Quality Management for BlueCross
9/21/2012 BlueCross Earns Spot on 2012 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators Across America
National honor highlights BlueCross' industry-leading data encryption project
9/21/2012 BlueCross Names Winners of $10,000 Shape the State Grants
Twenty middle schools earn nationally acclaimed PE curriculum, equipment
9/21/2012 BlueCross Wins Award for Outstanding Web Design
Web Marketing Association honors personalized, member-focused portal designed to help BlueCross members manage their health care
9/21/2012 Volunteer State Health Plan Tennessee's Highest Ranked Medicaid Managed Care Organization
9/12/2012 BlueCross 2011 Outreach Efforts Total $8.2 Million
Company has record year in giving back to Tennessee communities
9/10/2012 Consumers Drive Past Rural Tennessee Hospitals For Care
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Institute study shows proximity plays little role in choosing hospital care
9/7/2012 BlueCross, State Team Up to Fight Childhood Obesity
$755,000 to help fund The OrganWise Guys program in 180 elementary schools statewide
8/28/2012 Memorial Health Care System and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Reach New Agreement
New Multi-year Agreement Restores In-network Access to Memorial
8/24/2012 BlueCross Grants to ’Shape’ 20 More Schools
Middle grades encouraged to apply for funds to battle childhood obesity
8/22/2012 BlueCross, Methodist Launch Cost-Efficient Care Partnership
New 5-year accountable care, Network S agreement positions Methodist as lead health care system across all BlueCross networks in Memphis
8/9/2012 Henderson to Serve as Procurement Director for BlueCross
7/26/2012 Memorial Hospital to Withdraw from BlueCross Network
BlueCross has worked diligently to reach an agreement, continues focus on ensuring Chattanooga-area members receive quality, affordable care
7/19/2012 BlueCross Donates Time, Money to Children’s Causes
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust Gives $60,000 to Help Tennessee Children
7/5/2012 BlueCross Wins 2012 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award
6/28/2012 Statement: Health Care Reform Law Upheld
6/12/2012 BlueCross Create Your Plate Winners Announced
Statewide Contest Awards Local Schools Cash Prize to Expand Physical Education Programs
6/11/2012 BlueCross Names Vitulli Vice President, Provider Networks
5/30/2012 BlueCross to Issue $8.6 Million in Rebates to Individuals
Health plan hits medical loss ratio of 76.6 percent for 2011; 80 percent required by health care reform law
5/24/2012 Health Care Reform Will Not Translate to Greater Access to Care for Tennessee’s Minority Populations
New BlueCross Health Institute White Paper reveals reform will increase coverage, but won’t improve access to care, outcomes
5/22/2012 BlueCross Announces Bundled Payment Agreements with Leading Orthopedic Groups in Tennessee
Medical practices across the state to provide treatment under new payment method for total knee and hip replacements
5/1/2012 BlueCross Names Dockery Exchange Outreach Manager
5/1/2012 Ramsey to Lead BlueCross Health Care Reform Office
4/24/2012 Hickey Named BlueCross Chief Operating Officer
4/19/2012 BlueCross Launches Exchange Website
Offers easy-to-understand information on key health care reform initiative
4/17/2012 BlueCross Names Stana Vice President, Treasurer
4/12/2012 BlueCross Appoints Raynor Vice President of Strategic Marketing
3/26/2012 BlueCross, HHS Reach Settlement in 2009 Hard Drive Data Theft
Health Plan Agrees to Ongoing Security Monitoring of Members' Personal Health Information
3/8/2012 Eiselstein Selected to Lead Insurance Exchange Efforts at BlueCross
Named Director of Individual Products
3/1/2012 BlueCross, Medco Sign Pharmacy Partnership
New Contract Brings Increased Technology, Focus on Quality and Cost Savings
2/17/2012 BlueCross Selects Gracey to Succeed Gregg as CEO
Current COO Tapped to Take the Helm of State's Largest Insurer in 2013
1/10/2012 BlueCross Gateway Building Scores Gold for Green Efforts
Gateway is second BlueCross building to receive LEED Gold Certification
1/9/2012 BlueCross Names Drescher as Director of Network Communications

2011

Date

Title

12/19/2011 BlueCross Names Timblin Vice President of Strategy and Execution
12/8/2011 BlueCross Health Institute Addresses Rising Drug Costs
New White Paper offers ideas to curb prescription cost drivers
12/7/2011 BlueCross Presents Health Information on Capitol Hill
Statewide quality initiatives and employee wellness programs highlighted as industry best practices
12/6/2011 BlueCross Names Ronald Harris Director of Workplace Diversity
11/28/2011 Danielson Named Director of Corporate Communications
11/18/2011 Baker Elected to BlueCross Board of Directors
10/24/2011 BlueCross Names Maki Vice President of Regional Sales
10/14/2011 BlueCross Taps Pettway as Director of Brand Strategy and New Media
10/11/2011 BlueCross Names Hullender General Counsel
9/22/2011 BlueCross Examines Health Care Reform for Possible Winners, Losers in Tennessee
Company launches new Health Institute with white paper studying impact of new law
9/21/2011 NCQA Says BlueCross is Excellent
Commercial PPO Product Line Earns Highest Accreditation for Third Consecutive Year
9/21/2011 Volunteer State Health Plan Earns Excellent Rating
NCQA Awards Highest Accreditation to TennCare MCO
9/14/2011 New Website Guides Uninsured to Medical Help
BlueCross ProvidesTool for Clinics to Reach Out to Those in Need of Free, Reduced-Cost Care
9/12/2011 BlueCross Names Winners of $10,000 Shape the State Grants
Twenty middle schools earn nationally acclaimed PE curriculum, equipment
9/9/2011 BlueCross Goes Solar
Array On Top of the Gateway Building Will be the Largest in the Chattanooga Area
8/30/2011 BlueCross Brings Together Groups Targeting State's Infant Mortality Crisis
Participants to Discuss Solutions to 47th Place National Ranking
8/29/2011 IBM Names Three BlueCross Employees Information Champions
Frank Brooks, Brian Green and Bindu Madhav recognized for their contributions to the information technology community
8/11/2011 Anderson Promoted to Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at BlueCross
8/11/2011 BlueCross Elevates Ward to Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
8/11/2011 Srite Advanced to Senior Vice President at BlueCross
8/8/2011 BlueCross Awarded for Quality Performance of its Federal Employee Program
8/1/2011 BlueCross Grants to Jump Start PE at 20 Tennessee Schools
Middle grades encouraged to apply for funds to battle childhood obesity
7/28/2011 BlueCross Completes Industry First Enterprise-Wide Data Encryption
Following '09 Hard Drive Theft, $6 Million Effort Ensures All At-Rest Protected Health Information is Secure
7/14/2011 BlueCross Outreach Efforts Total $7.7 Million
More Than 400 Organizations Statewide Benefited in 2010
7/11/2011 BlueCross Provides Free Breast Pumps to Mothers of At-Risk Babies
Program Encourages Breastfeeding for NICU Infants; Aims to Improve Health, Combat Infant Mortality
7/6/2011 BlueCross Board Appoints Himelright as Chief Medical Officer
7/6/2011 BlueCross Names Manieri Vice President of Pharmacy
6/7/2011 Coopwood Appointed to BlueCross Board of Directors
5/24/2011 BlueCross Spring Fling Trivia Connects Sports Fans to the Action
Trivia Game Offers $2,500 Donation to a School
4/30/2011 BlueCross Donates $100,000 to Storm Relief Efforts in Tennessee
Chattanooga Area Red Cross Chapter Receives Assistance
4/7/2011 BlueCross Wins IBM 2010 Innovation Award
IBM Recognizes Initiative to More Efficiently Manage Non-database Documents
3/22/2011 BlueCross Hires Hickey to Lead TennCare MCO
Former TennCare Bureau Director Will Serve as President, CEO of Volunteer State Health Plan
3/4/2011 BlueCross Headquarters Awarded Gold in Environmental Design
Largest LEED Gold Campus in Tennessee, Second Largest in Nation
2/28/2011 BlueCross Wellness Program Improves Health, Lowers Premiums
State of Franklin Healthcare among First Employers to Achieve New Worksite Wellness Certification; Program to Expand Statewide
2/24/2011 BlueCross Hires Cade as Director of CHOICES Program
Leads Efforts in Home and Community-Based Long-Term Care
2/21/2011 BlueCross Wellness Program Improves Health, Lowers Premiums
Servpro Industries, Inc. Among First Employers to Achieve New Worksite Wellness Certification; Program to Expand Statewide
2/17/2011 BlueCross to Celebrate Black History Month
2/11/2011 AMA Study on Competition in Tennessee Insurance Marketplace Flawed
2/10/2011 BlueCross Adopts HITRUST Common Security Framework
Effort Strengthens Company's Work to Ensure Information Safety and Accountability
1/31/2011 BlueCross Available Anywhere with Launch of Mobile Web
Members Gain Access to Key Insurance Plan Information via Smartphones
1/27/2011 BlueCross Medical Home Initiative Improves Quality with Innovative Clinical Technology
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Holston Medical Group and Performance Clinical Systems Launch
1/13/2011 BlueCross Earns Top Health Plan Ranking in Tennessee by National Business Coalition on Health
Insurer Recognized for Delivering Value; Among top 15 Percent of Evaluated Plans Nationwide
1/7/2011 BlueCross Promotes Steele to Director of HR Business Support