Chet Burrell has been named president and chief executive officer of CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a major health insurer in the Mid-Atlantic region with 3.2 million members.
Burrell is now chairman and CEO of RealMed Corp., an Indianapolis-based claims-processing company with more than 20,000 physician-group and hospital clients. He assumes his new post at the Owings Mills, Md.-based insurer on Dec. 1.
Burrells age was unavailable from CareFirst. Burrell has 25 years of healthcare management experience, and previously founded Novalis Corp., a managed-care technology and consulting firm that was sold to the TriZetto Group in 1999. He has also served as executive vice president of Anthem Health Plans, now WellPoint, and president and CEO of Blue Cross of Northeastern New York.
Burrell replaces David Wolf, who has served in the job on an interim basis since last November when William Jews left CareFirst after 13 years. Jews unsuccessfully attempted to convert CareFirst into a for-profit entity and sell it to WellPoint in 2003. -- by Rebecca Vesely
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