Bryon Grizzard To Direct Provider Contracting For BlueCross

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Bryon Grizzard
Bryon Grizzard

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has selected Bryon Grizzard to direct the provider networks and contracting department. As BlueCross works to further develop strategic partners across the state, contracting and network development plays an increasingly vital role to the company’s success.

In his new position, Mr. Grizzard will be responsible for defining and directing statewide contracting strategies, as well as directing critical contract negotiations for physician, hospital and allied vendor structures supporting all BlueCross products. He will work directly with analytics, informatics, and through innovation of alternative reimbursement models, will play a leadership role in driving and influencing corporate support for multi-year network strategies.

“Bryon brings with him extensive provider contracting experience across the state of Tennessee,” said Christy Vitulli, vice president of provider networks for BlueCross. “This aligns our talents around the evolving needs of the company’s network strategies, our relationships with providers and our corporate efforts to offer members the best medical value.”

Prior to joining BlueCross, Mr. Grizzard served as director of provider contracting for both Humana and Cigna Healthcare of Tennessee. He also had stints as network development manager for Health 123 and Columbia/HCA in Nashville. While in those roles he focused on developing best practices for payments that impacted medical cost trends in relationship to contracting, reimbursement and payment strategies.  

Mr. Grizzard is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in political science. He will be based out of the Nashville office.


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