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Blue Cross Names Two New Senior Vice Presidents
Date:4/28/2009

Jim Eppel to Oversee Health Management Division; Kathy Mock Responsible for Public and Health Affairs

EAGAN, Minn., April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) today announced the promotions of two executives as part of a realignment among company divisions.

Kathy Mock has been named senior vice president of Public and Health Affairs, giving her senior leadership over Prevention Minnesota, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, and the company's community affairs department. Mock will retain the areas she managed in the capacity of vice president, including legislative affairs, public relations and internal communications. Additionally, she will continue to serve as chief executive officer for Blue Plus, the company's health maintenance organization.

The medical and network management functions of Blue Cross are consolidating under the leadership of Jim Eppel, who has been appointed as senior vice president of health management. This new position expands Eppel's responsibilities beyond the administration of provider networks, which he has managed since joining Blue Cross in May 2007. In addition to overseeing all aspects of provider contract negotiations and network management, Eppel will have accountability for the company's integrated disease management program (Whole Person Health Support).

"Kathy Mock and Jim Eppel are well-known and highly respected in their particular fields and in the health care community overall," said Blue Cross President and CEO Pat Geraghty. "By putting in place this kind of strategic integration, where all medical and network functions are under Jim, while prevention and community initiatives are aligned with Kathy's work in the public health and public policy areas, Blue Cross has strengthened our abilities to achieve even better health outcomes for members."

About Jim Eppel

Prior to joining Blue Cross, Eppel served as vice president of business development for Allina Hospitals and Clinics. In this role, he was in charge of identification, analysis and implementation of opportunities that furthered Allina's market, clinical and strategic goals. Eppel's tenure at Allina also involved serving as vice president of revenue management and improvement, where he was responsible for revenue and reimbursement strategies. Eppel previously held executive positions at Medica and UnitedHealth Group.

Eppel has a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

About Kathy Mock

A licensed attorney, Kathy Mock has more than two decades of experience in law and public policy. Before joining Blue Cross in 1992, she served as government affairs counsel and director of administration and research for the Insurance Federation of Minnesota.

Mock is chair of the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association and currently serves on the boards of the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association; the Minnesota Council of Health Plans; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation; the Alliance for Advancing Nonprofit Health Care; and the Citizens League, where is the immediate past chair. She also served as a 2004-2005 policy fellow with the Humphrey Institute Policy Forum. Mock is a graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul and the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota.

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 not-for-profit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.8 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 bluecrossmn.com to learn more about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.


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