PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon President Jared Short is proud to announce the appointment of Alison Goldwater to Vice President of Provider Services in Oregon. In this role, Alison will be responsible for enhancing provider relationships throughout our communities and evolving Regence's broad provider networks to help make health care more sustainable for our members.
"I am extremely pleased that Alison has agreed to serve Regence in this role," said Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon President Jared Short. "Alison has excelled in her leadership of several Regence cost-savings initiatives while strategizing with physicians on important contractual issues. I am confident that she will bring the same energy, smart judgment, and ultimately success, to this assignment."
Alison moves into this position from her role as Regence Director of Network Strategy and Reimbursement Management. Among her successes at Regence, Goldwater led the development and execution of the company's radiology management strategy, resulting in significant cost savings for Regence's employers and members; as well as the development of Regence's medical home strategy and pilot programs.
Before moving to Regence, Alison held several impressive roles in the Midwest, most recently serving as a senior consultant to physician practices, resulting in significant increases in revenue. Additionally, Alison worked with Humana Health Care Plans for ten years in the Provider Contracting division. As Director of Provider Contracting, Goldwater was successful in maintaining strong and positive relationships with providers, while working with them on key strategic reimbursement changes that ultimately produced an annual savings to the organization.
Alison earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire.
Goldwater will continue to work in Regence's Portland corporate office.
About Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon is a leading health plan in Oregon, with more than 750,000 members, offering health, life and dental insurance. Regence is the largest health insurer in the Northwest / Intermountain Region, serving nearly 2.5 million members as Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah and Regence BlueShield (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 www.regence.com or www.twitter.com/RegenceOregon.