CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA) recently named Daniel Barnett, M.D., J.D., medical director at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, as the first recipient of the NHCAA Medical Director Award. The award recognizes Dr. Barnett’s innovative approach to quality patient care and monitoring of provider practices through the creation of BlueCross’ clinical risk management program.

Barnett is widely recognized as a national figure in the area of anti-fraud through his participation on NHCAA’s Medical Directors Advisory Group, as well as from his work with the BlueCross and BlueShield Association and as a medical advisor to the Tennessee Plan’s special investigation unit.

“NHCAA is pleased to award Barnett the association’s first-ever Medical Director Award for his unwavering service to the advancement of new, innovative approaches to combating health care fraud nationwide,” said NHCAA Executive Director Louis Saccoccio.

According to NHCAA, an estimated $60 billion is lost to health care fraud each year. Beyond the financial losses and impact on health care costs, fraud can result in identify theft and lead to unnecessary or unsafe procedures for patients.

“We take seriously the stewardship of our members’ health care dollars as well as their safety,” Barnett said. “I’m honored to have my work as well as the efforts of my colleagues recognized.”

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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.