CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has earned a 2007 Best Compliance Practice Award in the category of integrating audit and internal controls with ethics and compliance. The award was recently presented by the Health Ethics Trust®, a group dedicated to assisting health care organizations fulfill their commitment to ethical and legal conduct in coping with compliance requirements.

“Health care is a complex industry and as such requires stringent oversight to provide assurance we are properly fulfilling our obligations to our clients and members,” said Jason Lloyd, manager of federal regulatory compliance for BlueCross. “Our audit efforts, coupled with our ongoing compliance programs, help protect all parties from any potential wrongdoings or concerns. The compliance and audit teams are pleased to have these efforts acknowledged.”

An independent panel of compliance professionals from health care and non-health related industries led the peer review judging process. Selection criteria for the audit and internal control category included assessments of company policies and procedures, documentary evidence and the compliance function.

The Best Compliance Practice Awards are the only such honors for compliance and integrity practices in the nation’s health care industry.

Founded in 1995 as a response to growing compliance and ethics concerns, the Health Ethics Trust provides a variety of educational, research and advisory services to providers, managed care organizations, payors, health plans, suppliers, home care agencies and pharmaceutical companies.

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.