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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) has appointed Dr. Woodrow Myers, Jr. as chief medical officer and health strategist. Myers assumes the role that was held by Dr. Vishu Jhaveri, who retired at the end of 2017.
With a focus on provider relationships, Myers is expected to further shape how healthcare is delivered in Arizona. He will be responsible for directing the company's healthcare innovations, strategic provider partnerships and clinical decision-making.
"We have a purposeful transition in place to ensure all of the good work in progress not only continues, but accelerates," said BCBSAZ president and CEO Pam Kehaly. "Our responsibility is not only to ignite conversations and bring healthcare leaders together to ensure high quality and efficient medical care for our members, but, also to positively impact the health and well-being of all Arizonans. This will carry on under Dr. Myers' leadership."
Myers is nationally recognized for his involvement in quality initiatives for patient care and health management programs. Most notably he has held the roles of executive vice president and chief medical officer at Anthem, formerly WellPoint; the director of healthcare management at the Ford Motor Company; and health commissioner for New York City, as well as the state of Indiana.
Myers said: "As the state's largest locally-owned healthcare insurer, BCBSAZ is deeply entrenched in the community. There is so much opportunity to impact health in a positive way whether it is at the individual level or at the state level. I'm eager to meet Arizona's provider community and state regulators to further develop strategies and unique partnerships that improve access to care and quality outcomes."
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