Oct. 11, 2012

Dr. David Carmouche Joins Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana as Chief Medical Officer

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has appointed Dr. David Carmouche as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. Carmouche joins the state’s largest health insurer after spending 15 years in internal medicine practice at the Baton Rouge Clinic. As the state’s first board-certified clinical lipidologist, he directed the Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and the Vascular Laboratory. He also directed a unique cardiovascular disease prevention program for women, herheart, at the Woman’s Hospital Wellness Center.

Carmouche earned his bachelor’s degree at Tulane University and his medical degree at LSU before serving his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was chief resident and instructor in medicine at UAB in his last year there. He is board-certified in internal medicine and a specialist in clinical hypertension as well as a diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology. In 2011, Dr. Carmouche was named a fellow of the National Lipid Association in recognition of his work in preventive cardiology.

Carmouche is a sought-after speaker and a member of numerous organizations, boards and committees, such as the American Heart Association and the Louisiana State Medical Society. To Blue Cross he brings a deep interest in preventing and managing chronic illnesses like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

In 2009, he was instrumental in organizing a statewide, primary care-focused quality improvement initiative aimed at improving control rates for clinically important markers in diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia. The project, named ATGOAL-LA, was funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and implemented by Carmouche and the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control (COSEHC), a non-profit voluntary regional healthcare organization committed to reducing the disparate rates of cardiovascular disease in the southeastern United States. ATGOAL-LA involved data abstraction from charts, benchmarking of providers against other primary care providers throughout the Southeast, the development of customized continuing medical education to address measured gaps in care and facilitation of NCQA Diabetes Recognition.

“Dr. Carmouche focuses on exactly the types of problems that plague our state and our members.  His message of preventing chronic illness through healthy lifestyle choices, including eating right, maintaining an ideal body weight, exercising and not smoking, are perfectly aligned with where we want to focus,” says Mike Reitz, Blue Cross president and CEO.

Carmouche’s responsibilities at Blue Cross will consist of leading the Clinical Solutions division, including the company’s medical staff, in its efforts to promote health and wellness, effectively manage chronic diseases, promote clinical quality and assist in the transformation of the healthcare delivery system and its payment structure. As a member of the Senior Management Team, he will provide strategic leadership in the development of medical policy, cost and transparency initiatives and value-based clinical improvement programs.

“Dr. Carmouche has demonstrated leadership and clinical excellence during his years in practice. His track record of effective collaboration with the healthcare providers in Louisiana is crucial as Blue Cross seeks to partner with all stakeholders interested in improving the health of our state,” says Reitz.

“Our physicians are the finest in the world, but our healthcare system is broken,” Carmouche says. “The model we have now is not sustainable, and we must embrace change. Physicians need to be at the front and center of these revolutionary changes, and I’m pleased to have the opportunity to speak on behalf of Blue Cross’ innovative leadership in this area.”

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.

Blue Cross 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 nearly 2,000 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

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