Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) announced that its board of directors has chosen EVP Andrew Dreyfus as the company’s new president and CEO. Dreyfus will succeed Bill Van Faasen, who has served in an unpaid interim role of president and CEO since March 16, 2010. The change becomes effective on Sept. 7, 2010. The Board also announced that Van Faasen would remain involved with the company in a role still to be determined.

“Andrew is not only an experienced leader in the industry and a nationally known expert on critical issues such as health reform and changing the way we pay for care, but as importantly, he has a broad understanding and passionate commitment to continuing and strengthening the important leadership role BCBSMA has played in our community since the company’s founding 73 years ago,” said BCBSMA Board Chairman Paul Guzzi.

Over the past five years, Dreyfus has served as BCBSMA’s EVP for Health Care Services, with a broad scope of responsibility that includes payment, contracting, and performance measurement and improvement for hospitals, physicians and other providers; wellness programs for employers; and care and disease management programs for acute and chronically ill members. He also led the development and execution of the company’s Alternative Quality Contract, a new payment model that aligns physician and hospital payments with the quality of care patients receive.

Prior to joining BCBSMA in 2001, Dreyfus was an EVP at the Massachusetts Hospital Association, and held senior positions in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Human Services and the Executive Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.

 

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