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B. Vindell Washington

Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

B. Vindell Washington

Biography

Dr. B. Vindell Washington serves as the clinical thought leader and spokesperson for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) and is responsible for developing and executing a strategy that both improves the quality of health care delivered to the company’s members and improves cost and efficiency.  BCBSLA is the state's oldest and largest health insurer.  BCBSLA provides group and individual health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance and group voluntary products to more than 1.5 million Louisianans.  One out of every four Louisianians is a BCBSLA member. 

As CMO, he is directly responsible for managing an integrated clinical operation that includes utilization management, case management, population health management, quality management, and pharmacy management. He is also responsible for maintaining national accreditation for the organization. 

 

Dr. Vindell Washington is the former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and in the role provided high-level executive direction and leadership for ONC programs, operations, and policies and advances key Administration initiatives, such as delivery system reform, the Precision Medicine Initiative, and implementation of the Interoperability Roadmap.

 

Prior to joining ONC, Dr. Washington served as the President of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS) Medical Group and as the health system’s Chief Medical Information Officer. The FMOL Health System is headquartered in Baton Rouge and has five acute care hospitals and affiliated facilities located throughout Louisiana provide care to 40% of the state’s population.

 

Dr. Washington's primary responsibility was to develop and execute ambulatory strategies for the health system with a focus on transforming ambulatory care delivery models. In this role, he led over 500 physicians, advanced practitioners and 1,400 employees in more than 70 care locations throughout Louisiana. Additionally, his responsibilities included quality and process improvement.

 

Dr. Washington received a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Virginia. He earned his Master of Science in Healthcare Management from the Harvard University School of Public Health. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

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