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Arkansas Blue Cross supports behavioral health programs in Arkansas

The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas announced today $5.29 million in grants for behavioral health programs in Arkansas. This investment is focused on eight Arkansas programs led by six established organizations that will address the growing behavioral health crisis in the state. To meet the unique needs of Arkansans, the grants support programs that address behavioral health needs at all stages of life – from early childhood through adolescence, and into adulthood – along with helping to increase the number of behavioral health professionals serving our communities.

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Arkansas Blue Cross supports Southeast Arkansas COVID-19 Vaccination Education

The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas has awarded $214,100 to the UAMS FAITH Network and the Arkansas Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association (AMDPA) to train and provide resources to faith-based organizations in Southeast Arkansas to help educate residents about the COVID-19 vaccinations. The Arkansas Department of Health’s Office of Faith-based Outreach will also offer support in these efforts. The purpose of this grassroots outreach and educational effort is to address vaccine hesitancy and encourage vaccination acceptance.

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Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Launches Vaccinate the Natural State

Vaccinate the Natural State, a new initiative led by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, Arkansas Minority Health Commission, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas Council, UAMS and Walmart, was announced today.

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Alicia Berkemeyer named executive vice president and Chief Health Management Officer for Arkansas Blue Cross

Alicia Berkemeyer has been promoted to the position of executive vice president and chief health management officer for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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Strong starts here…one week left to register your team for the revamped Blue & You Fitness Challenge

If you’re ready to say “so long” to 2020 and start 2021 strong, then step up to the Blue & You Fitness Challenge.

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Registration opens for revamped Blue & You Fitness Challenge; Arkansans encouraged to start 2021 … strong!

If you’re ready to say “so long” to 2020 and start 2021 strong, then step up to the Blue & You Fitness Challenge.

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Jason Treece named vice president for Strategic Account Management at Arkansas Blue Cross

Jason Treece has been promoted to vice president for strategic account management at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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Shirl Welch named Corporate Compliance Officer for Arkansas Blue Cross

Shirl Welch has been promoted to Corporate Compliance Officer for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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Sarah Wang named director of Quality Programs for Arkansas Blue Cross

Sarah Wang has been promoted to director of Quality Programs for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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Mike Carver named Business Solution Center director for Arkansas Blue Cross

Mike Carver has been promoted to director of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Information Systems & Technology Business Solution Center.

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Brett Trelfa named Chief Information Officer for Arkansas Blue Cross

Brett Trelfa has been named Chief Information Officer at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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Arkansas Blue Cross joins national project to standardize social determinants of health data

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield has joined the Gravity Project, a national collaborative working to standardize data collection and sharing on social determinants of health in electronic health records.

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Scott Cain named strategic account executive for Arkansas Blue Cross

Scott Cain, a Springdale native and a large group market representative, has been promoted to the position of strategic account executive for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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Melissa Kizilos, M.D., named Corporate Medical Director for National Accounts at Arkansas Blue Cross

Melissa Kizilos, M.D., CPXP has joined Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield as corporate medical director for BlueAdvantage National Accounts. In this role, she will serve as a clinical resource and adviser to clients whose health plans cover members throughout the United States.

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Christy Hockaday named Vice President of Provider Network Innovation & Strategy at Arkansas Blue Cross

Christy Hockaday, FACHE, a Morrilton native with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare administration in Arkansas and Louisiana, has joined Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield as Vice President of Provider Network Innovation & Strategy.

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Lonnie Robinson of Mountain Home joins Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield board of directors

The Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield board of directors announces the election of Lonnie Robinson, M.D., of Mountain Home, a family medicine physician, according to James V. Kelley, chairman of the board.

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Blue & You Fitness Challenge announces winners

The steps have been taken, the wheels have spun, and during one of the most unprecedented spring seasons in modern history, the 2020 Blue & You Fitness Challenge has come to a successful close. Winners of the Challenge were announced today.

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Blue & You Foundation opens $1.7 million COVID-19 relief grant process; provides $500,000 to fight food insecurity in Arkansas

As the coronavirus health crisis continues to have an impact on Arkansans, the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas is responding, donating $500,000 in support of immediate needs around food insecurity in the state and opening the “Rapid-Response COVID Relief” grant process to award up to $1.7 million in grants supporting nonprofit organizations that have experienced the consequences of COVID-19.

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Arkansas Blue Cross and Health Advantage boost remotely delivered care during COVID-19 outbreak – including mental health

The current COVID-19 outbreak and the use of social distancing in responding to it have produced an immediate need for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Health Advantage to give fully insured members expanded health insurance benefits to promote greater access to remotely delivered services – including greatly expanded insurance benefits to help them deal with emotional/behavioral issues the outbreak may create or compound.

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Connected care = better care

I’m a country doctor at heart. For nearly three decades, it was my great privilege to serve as a family physician to people who live in the communities that make up the largely rural greater Arkadelphia area.

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