Arden Named Vice President, GM of BlueCross Senior Care Division
Becomes Leader for Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement Plan Areas
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Gale P. Arden has been named vice president and general manager of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's Senior Care Division, which is responsible for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement products.
The appointment was approved by the Board of Directors on Sept. 24.
new role, Arden
is responsible for management and leadership of Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, Medicare Supplement products.
She oversees product design, distribution, operations, strategy, care delivery and quality initiatives for these programs.
"Since joining BlueCross in 2009, Gale has become a vital part of our team, and this move uses her considerable talents to further strengthen the organization," said Stephen M. Walker, senior vice president of federal programs for BlueCross.
Before joining BlueCross, Arden was employed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
tenure with CMS
was involved in oversight of the Medicare and Medicaid programs' national operations.
She also was the first CMS senior leader of the office of managed care.
Arden's other accomplishments at CMS
include: managing the disabled and elderly health programs group; developing state drug benefits strategies; assisting with the application of the Medicare Modernization Act; leading HIPAA insurance reform implementation efforts; and assisting in the policy development for Medicare supplemental insurance products.
Prior to her service at CMS, Arden held various leadership positions in the Social Security Administration.
In addition, she served as a vice president in an integrated health system in the Midwest.
She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and a Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University.