March 12, 2013

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Chief Medical Officer to Address World Congress Leadership Summit

David Carmouche, M.D., chief medical officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, will deliver the opening keynote address March 14 at the 5th Annual World Congress Leadership Summit on Consumer Engagement through Health Plan Innovation in Lake Mary, Fla.

Carmouche will address how Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is directly influencing the care its members receive through a comprehensive, statewide primary care engagement strategy.

“Blue Cross is changing the face of population management by rewarding healthy outcomes and meeting the needs of our members, despite the challenges of this changing healthcare landscape,” Carmouche says.

The company’s unique new consumer engagement strategy includes a population health management tool that facilitates information exchange between the plan and its providers, using real-time data and other tools for ongoing quality improvement.

Carmouche is one of 22 top executives from across the healthcare industry slated to speak at the summit. The conference’s keynote sessions and panel discussions will offer insights and experiences from leaders at Medicare Advantage plans, commercial under 65 plans, providers of voluntary and specialty benefits and plan sponsors/employers.

In his role as chief medical officer for Blue Cross, Carmouche leads the Clinical Solutions Division, overseeing the Healthcare Quality Management, Pharmacy, Case Management, Disease Management, Utilization Management and Healthcare Policy, Health and Wellness initiatives and Practice Innovation departments.

Carmouche is a sought-after national speaker and a member of numerous organizations, boards and committees, such as the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Louisiana State Medical Society. In fact, he was named in January to the AHA’s local board of directors, and he is currently serving as Blue Cross’ Overall Team Captain for the 2013 Capital Area Heart Walk.

Carmouche is passionate about preventing and managing chronic illnesses like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes as well as keeping quality healthcare affordable for all consumers. On Friday, he spoke at the Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy’s Sixth Annual Health Disparities Conference. He presented data derived from the Blue Cross-funded ATGOAL-LA quality improvement program that he led before joining the company as CMO.

“The results suggest baseline disparities between African-Americans and Caucasians with regards to cardiometabolic risk factor control,” he says. “The good news is there was no difference in rates of improvements between the two groups.” But, according to Carmouche’s presentation, there is still work to be done.

For more information on the World Congress Leadership Summit, visit www.worldcongress.com/events/HL13009/. Follow Dr. David Carmouche on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DrCarmouche.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is the oldest and largest Louisiana-based health insurance company. Blue Cross is a private, fully taxed mutual company, owned by policyholders—not shareholders—and governed by a local Board of Directors. It is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

The company and its subsidiaries provide group and individual health insurance plans, life and disability insurance, group voluntary products and administrative services to more than one out of every four Louisiana residents. With headquarters in Baton Rouge and eight district offices, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana employs more than 1,900 Louisianians who are committed to improving the lives of its customers by providing them with health guidance and affordable access to quality care.

Learn more on the company's website at www.bcbsla.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bluecrossla. Follow Blue Cross on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BCBSLA and CEO Mike Reitz at www.twitter.com/MikeReitzCEO