The former executive director of an innovative health insurance cooperative for small businesses has been chosen to run a joint venture between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Ohio and Meridia Health System in Cleveland.
John Polk, former executive director of the Council of Smaller Enterprises, last week became chief executive officer of Medical Insurance Company of Ohio, which will market managed-care products.
The Cleveland-based Council of Smaller Enterprises, created in 1974, became a model for other healthcare purchasing pools. It was credited with slowing the rate of healthcare cost increases for its more than 12,000 small-business members. It provides coverage to 200,000 people.
Richard J. McCann, president and CEO of Meridia, was named chairman of the board of MICO. Charles B. Miner, president of two of Meridia's four hospitals, succeeded McCann as president and CEO of the Meridia system.
Karen Metropulos, Meridia's corporate director of planning and marketing, said Polk's consumer advocacy "puts him in a unique position so that in the development of MICO they don't get off track-that they don't get too much of an insurance mentality or too much of a hospital mentality."