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Blue Cross Chief Medical Officer Recognized as Leader in Disease Management
Date:9/16/2008

EAGAN, Minn., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- David W. Plocher, M.D., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota chief medical officer and senior vice president of health management, informatics and pharmacy, is one of 28 national leaders in disease management named by Managed Healthcare Executive. Dr. Plocher was selected for his work in medical management, data analytics, information technology, and provider performance profiling. He is also an author of multiple articles, books, and book chapters on the topics of disease management and data analysis.

The magazine said it chose the leaders based on candidates' commitment to the disease management discipline, program results, innovation and thought leadership. Dr. Plocher was also recently recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Leaders in Health Care by Minnesota Physician.

Dr. Plocher joined Blue Cross in 2005 and has responsibility for Blue Cross' health management division. He has a 25-year career in medicine, teaching, consulting and corporate leadership. Dr. Plocher has served on the editorial boards of several disease management journals and is a frequent presenter at national industry meetings.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota's first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. A nonprofit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.9 million members in Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by its affiliated companies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. Go to http://www.bluecrossmn.com to learn more about Blue Cross and Bl
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