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Mary Danielson, APR
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Archives:  2013 | 2012 | 2011



8/28/2014 BlueCross Foundation Commits $1 Million to Neonatal Abstinence Fight
Grant funds specialty treatment unit at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
8/08/2014 From ‘Coal to Gold’
BlueCross’s Knoxville campus receives LEED Gold certification
8/08/2014 BlueCross To Launch Private Exchange for Employer Groups in 2015
BlueMarket offers simplified way to shop for the most requested plans
8/08/2014 Winston Named Director of Provider Contracting at BlueCross
8/07/2014 BlueCross Awards Diversity Scholarships
Awards doubled to $10,000 at Memphis event honoring outstanding minority students entering the health care field
7/17/2014 BlueCross Names Steven Johns Director of Individual Sales
7/11/2014 BlueCross Promotes Young to Vice President of Commercial Finance
6/02/2014 BlueCross Meets Affordable Care Act’s Medical Claims Targets For Individuals and Large Groups
$1.7 million in rebates going to small employers
5/29/2014 BlueCross Set to Launch Consumer Information Centers
Neighborhood and mobile unit concepts to open in Fall 2014
5/12/2014 BlueCross Taps Danny Timblin to Lead Onlife Health
New CEO Brings Proven Leadership and Dedication to Onlife’s Wellness Mission
5/7/2014 BlueCross Enrolls 133,291 on Federal Marketplace
Total represents estimated 88 percent of Marketplace plans sold in Tennessee
5/6/2014 Slattery Named BlueCross Vice President of Quality Management
4/23/2014 BlueCross Names Barclay Vice President, Provider Networks and Contracting
4/15/2014 BlueCross 2013 Outreach Efforts Total $11.3 Million
More than 380 Organizations Statewide Benefited

BlueCross Names Smith Associate Chief Medical Officer

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





12/7/2012 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




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