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Regence BlueShield of Idaho Announces Executive Changes

BOISE, Idaho, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Regence, the largest nonprofit insurer in the Northwest/Intermountain Region, has named John Stellmon, president of Regence BlueShield of Idaho, to lead the company's Health Care Services division.

In his new expanded role, effective August 1, 2009, Stellmon will be responsible for executing the company's integrated health management programs. He will also oversee Pharmacy Services, Network Strategy and Performance and Health Care Services Planning and Performance Analytics. His primary office and residence will remain in Boise.

"Our Health Care Services division plays a vital role in leading and shaping the future of our company, and is a perfect fit for John's talents. His leadership in this critically important role will not only benefit Idaho - as it has for many years - but now the entire region," said Mark Ganz, President and CEO of Regence. "We must fundamentally rethink how insurers reimburse providers and incentivize integrated, high-quality, patient-centered care. Currently all insurers are falling short, and Regence is committed to advancing this change."

Stellmon, who has been with Regence for nearly 20 years, has held a variety of key positions within the company, including Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer for Regence BlueShield of Idaho. He was named president in 2003, and has played a pivotal role in state and regional health care reform efforts. He is on the board for the Idaho Health Data Exchange, and in 2007 participated in Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter's two-day health care summit with legislators and health care representatives, a session designed to generate ideas for delivering affordable health care.

"The personal relationships that we share with physicians, hospitals and other health care providers, and our collaborative efforts to ensure quality care for our members, are crucial to our success," said Stellmon. "I am committed to fostering trust and collaboration between all stakeholders within the system, including health plans, and I appreciate the company's faith in my ability to lead this vitally important effort."

New President Named

Scott Kreiling, Vice President of Sales for Regence BlueShield in Washington, has been named President of Regence BlueShield of Idaho. A health care industry veteran, Kreiling joined Regence BlueShield in November 2002 as the Director of Sales. Previously, he served as Director of Sales and Marketing with PacifiCare, overseeing group sales, broker relations and the rollout of a preferred provider organization product. Kreiling also held two sales management roles with Aetna U.S. Healthcare, including sales and service responsibilities for Alaska and Washington.

During his time with Regence, Kreiling has played an integral role in the company's efforts to streamline and improve Sales processes and procedures, expand market share, strengthen relationships with the agent and broker community, bring new and innovative products to the market, and to enhance outreach to the Latino community.

"I could not be more pleased to welcome Scott to Idaho, and to provide my support to him in his new role," said Stellmon. "I have had the pleasure of working with Scott for many years, and he is the right person for the job. His tremendous and heartfelt commitment to serving the diverse needs of our members, our employer groups and our communities is a hallmark of his leadership. His move to Idaho is a tremendous win for our company and our state."

Scott will be joined in Idaho by his wife Cheryl and their children, Chae and Cole. His appointment is effective August 15, 2009.

About Regence BlueShield of Idaho

Regence BlueShield of Idaho is a leading health plan in Idaho with more than 210,000 members, offering health, life and dental insurance. It is part of The Regence Group, the largest health insurer in the Northwest/Intermountain Region, serving nearly three million members as Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah and Regence BlueShield (in selected counties in Washington). Each plan is a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Regence is committed to improving the health of our members and our communities and to transforming our health care system. For more information, please visit or follow the company at

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