Blue Cross Blue Shield Names New CEO

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The state's largest health insurer will soon have a new CEO.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has tapped Andrew Dreyfus as its new president and chief executive.

Dreyfus has worked on health care in state government, through the Massachusetts Hospital Association, and most recently via several positions at Blue Cross. He commissioned a report that became the basis for the state’s health care law and currently heads Blue Cross’ effort to pay providers based on the value — not volume — of care.

As CEO, Dreyfus will try to accelerate the shift to this new payment model.

"Physicians and hospitals need to accept greater responsibility and accountability for the quality and cost of care," he said. "And our role is to pay them in a way that allows them to do that and then give them the information and support they need to be successful."

Dreyfus succeeds Bill van Faasen, who will stay with Blue Cross in a still-to-be-determined role.

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