Anthem has named Dr. Craig Samitt chief clinical officer, adding a prominent physician to the health insurer's cadre of executives.
Samitt, 51, will help set clinical protocols at the Indianapolis-based insurance company, which is buying Cigna Corp. in a deal valued at $54.2 billion.
Samitt has spent the past year working as a consultant for Oliver Wyman. Before that, he served as CEO of HealthCare Partners, a Torrance, Calif.-based physician network that was acquired by kidney-care company DaVita HealthCare Partners in 2012. Samitt held that chief executive post for a year before resigning last August.
In addition to his role at Anthem, Samitt will continue his work as a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
Zelda Geyer-Sylvia, president and CEO of Blue Cross of Idaho, plans to retire in the spring of 2016.
Geyer-Sylvia has been with the insurer since December 2006, when she was named executive VP and COO. She was tapped to head the company in 2012.
Before joining the Blues company, Geyer-Sylvia was president and CEO of M-Care, a not-for-profit managed-care company owned by the University of Michigan. M-Care was sold to Detroit-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan in 2006.
Not-for-profit insurer Health New England has promoted Dr. Laurie Gianturco to VP and chief medical officer.
Gianturco joined the Springfield, Mass.-based company in July, replacing Dr. Thomas Ebert, who retired after 17 years with the organization.
Since joining Health New England in 2014, Gianturco has served as VP and senior medical director. Previously, she was the chairwoman of radiology at Baystate Medical Center and president of radiology and imaging, a large radiology practice, both based in Springfield. Gianturco is also an associate clinical professor of radiology at Tufts University School of Medicine.