BlueCross Elevates Knight To Director Of Corporate Pharmacy Affairs

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

 BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has promoted Andrea Knight to director of corporate pharmacy affairs.   

In this role, Ms. Knight will manage and coordinate the activities of the corporate pharmacists to influence prescriber behavior, ensure the efficient and effective delivery of pharmaceutical care to BlueCross beneficiaries, and provide effective integrated and stand-alone pharmacy trend and utilization reporting.

Her activities include direct prescriber interaction and education, and supporting the Patient Centered Medical Home and Accountable Care Organization models of care. Additionally, Ms. Knight and her team will provide support for sales and account management activities related to employer groups’ pharmacy benefit, and participate in the utilization management activities for all lines of business. 

“Andrea is a proven health care professional with more than 18 years of pharmacy operations and management experience,” said Elaine Manieri, vice president of pharmacy for BlueCross. “Her extensive background and strong strategic and business acumen make her an ideal candidate for this position.”

Prior to joining BlueCross, Ms. Knight was the pharmacy director for Cigna Healthcare. In this position she was in charge of direct management of pharmacy benefits for Cigna’s Tennessee, Arkansas and Kentucky markets, serving over 500,000 members and 14,000 providers.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Samford University College of Pharmacy and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

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