Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota adds two Medical Directors to Executive Staff

Aug 07, 2013, 10:00 ET from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Drs. Andrea Hillerud and Maureen White join medical leadership team

EAGAN, Minn., Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) today announced the addition of Andrea Hillerud, M.D. and Maureen White, M.D. to the leadership team of its Medical Affairs department.

About Andrea Hillerud, M.D.
Dr. Andrea Hillerud is leading the Health Quality department of Blue Cross as medical director of quality and health outcomes. In this role, Dr. Hillerud's primary focus is on developing new initiatives to further advance the measurements of health quality and patient outcomes. She also supports the company's work on quality-oriented contracting with providers.

Dr. Hillerud comes to Blue Cross from Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc. the health maintenance organization (HMO) of Marshfield Clinic. Dr. Hillerud joined the Marshfield Clinic Eau Claire Center in 2004 as a family practice physician before being named medical director of Security Health Plan in 2006. As medical director, Dr. Hillerud was responsible for overseeing programs in the areas of wellness, quality improvement, disease management and technology assessment, as well as serving as the lead for the HMO's Medicaid program.

Dr. Hillerud received her undergraduate, MD degree and family medicine residency at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is a Fellow in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (FCFP), the Canadian equivalent to fellowship in the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP).

About Maureen White, M.S., M.D., M.B.A.
Dr. Maureen White joins Blue Cross as senior medical director of Medical Policy. Dr. White assumes accountability and oversight for the evaluation of emerging services, treatments and technology assessments under consideration for benefit coverage, with an emphasis on peer-reviewed medical studies and randomized controlled clinical trials that measure effectiveness and safety. Dr. White also will participate in performing utilization management case review.

Previously, Dr. White was executive medical director at General Electric (GE) Health Care with responsibilities in healthcare IT, medical devices and life sciences. Prior to that, she was chief medical officer and senior vice president at American Imaging Management Specialty (AIM), a specialty benefits management company owned by WellPoint, Inc. Dr. White also served as a national medical director at WellPoint.

Dr. White completed an internal medicine internship at the NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois before undertaking her radiology residency and fellowship training in interventional radiology and body imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from MIT, an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern and a Master of Science degree in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University. Dr. White is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology (FACR), American College of Physician Executives (FACPE) and Health Information and Management Systems Society (FHIMSS).

"The addition of Doctors Hillerud and White to our medical leadership team is a tremendous development in our ongoing work to help groups and members manage health care costs, improve clinical outcomes and optimize the patient experience," said Garrett Black, senior vice president, health management at Blue Cross. "Additionally, our provider partners look to Blue Cross as a trusted partner for achieving our shared goals of advancing the quality of clinical care and improving people's health. With these exceptional physicians now part of the Blue Cross team, I am confident our members will continue to receive the most effective and highest quality care available."

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 as a health company: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. Blue Cross is a not-for-profit, taxable organization. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago.

SOURCE Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota