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Allen Hinkle named Vermont Blue Cross’ chief medical director

first_img(End) Allen J Hinkle, MD, who has developed acclaimed medical quality and cost management programs for several of the region’s largest and most respected health plans, has joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont as it Chief Medical Director. Dr. Hinkle has responsibility for the Plan’s Medical Services Division, and will lead its overall medical cost management programs.“Allen is recognized across the industry as an innovator in helping health plans and employer groups manage their medical costs and improve the overall quality of health care,” said Don George, BCBSVT’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are delighted that he has agreed to bring his experience and his leadership skills to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont.”Dr. Hinkle, who is a board certified pediatric anesthesiologist, most recently served as senior vice president and chief medical officer at Tufts Health Plan, a Massachusetts-based managed care company. He redesigned Tufts’ medical management strategies, achieved significant medical cost reductions and led major improvements in the quality performance of the plan.Prior to joining Tufts in 2004, he served as vice president of health care quality and innovation for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts (2001-2004), and as chief medical officer and senior vice president at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire (1995-2000). Using clinical data to identify and address practice pattern variations and working with providers to implement “best practices” processes, he achieved significant cost reductions and quality improvements at each plan.“As a small, locally based health plan, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont has the opportunity to build on the well integrated medical cost management programs that it has in place and work closely with the state’s health care providers to achieve even better results for its customers and members,” Dr. Hinkle said.“It also is engaged in a pioneering partnership with Vermont state government to expand the BluePrint for Health program and improve the way health care is delivered to people with chronic conditions. This is an exciting time for the state and for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, and I’m thrilled to be part of the team here.”Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, providing coverage for about 160,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.Source: BCBSVT. 5.6.2010last_img read more

Kotoko, Bristol Rovers, Nottingham Forest fans remember Junior Agogo ahead of weekend games [VIDEO]

first_imgThe players also wore shirts with ‘Agogo’ on the back for their warm-up. Agogo scored 41 times in 126 games for the club. He also contributed six assists during that time.In West London, another of Agogo’s former teams, Nottingham Forest travelled to face Fulham.Fans of Forest held their own minute’s applause for Agogo in the 23rd minute, in memory of the shirt number of their former striker.With the club playing at home to Derby County on Wednesday, it’s expected that the club will prepare a fitting tribute for their former player.Back in Ghana, Agogo might not have played for a local team professionally but he certainly left a lasting impact.This was apparent before Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s must-win CAF Champions League match against Kano Pillars on Sunday.Kotoko and Kano Pillars players hold minute’s silence for AgogoThe two teams gathered around the centre circle and held a minute’s silence.Agogo passed on in England at a hospital last Thursday.He suffered a stroke in 2015 and underwent rehabilitation two years ago. He died at age 40.Since his demise, tributes have been pouring in from across the world, including his former clubs, and former teammates. Bristol Rovers offered a touching tribute to former striker, Junior Agogo, who died in London last week.Rovers, the club Agogo played for the longest, held a minute’s applause in memory of the former Black Stars forward before their match with Oxford City in League One.Both sets of players stood around the centre circle and applauded for a minute while ‘RIP Junior Agogo’ was displayed on the scoreboard.The Bristol Rovers fans also sang and chanted his name.center_img President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo also offered his condolences to the family of former Black Stars striker.In a tweet, the President described Junior Agogo as “a fine player” who represented the nation proudly any time he was called up to the national team.READ ALSO‘I’m sorry I didn’t check up on Junior Agogo before his death’ – Ex-teammate Derek BoatengJunior Agogo: Five things to know about the former Black Stars strikerlast_img read more

Road blocks set up between Chetwynd and Fort St. John

first_imgAt this time, the RCMP can confirm they have received reports of a possible sighting in the case of a missing child from Sparwood, near Dawson Creek and Chetwynd.The RCMP can’t confirm if the suspect has been spotted or not, but have put up road blocks in between Chetwynda and Fort St. John.More to come…- Advertisement –last_img

HäagenDazs unveils seasonal ice creams for winter indulgence

first_imgHäagen-Dazs unveils seasonal ice creams for winter indulgencePosted By: News Deskon: November 16, 2017In: Dairy, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailHäagen-Dazs is launching two seasonal flavours in the UK for winter indulgence – one returning and one brand new.As colder weather sets in, the brand said it is responding to demand for rich, indulgent flavours as the fresher, fruitier tastes of summer are replaced.Häagen-Dazs is bringing back its rum raisin variant made using whole raisins from California ‘that have been soaked in rum for 42 days, providing a rich, flavourful experience infused with just the right hint of warmth’.A new salted caramel cheesecake has also been unveiled which delivers a ‘delectable mouth feel both with its taste and texture’.Häagen-Dazs UK and Northern Europe marketing head Arjoon Bose said the new ice creams tie in perfectly with the autumn-winter occasion as well as meet the ever demanding British taste palate.“Rum raisin is one of our global cult classics and we’re sure its reintroduction will be popular among Häagen-Dazs fans,” he said.  “Salted caramel cheesecake is a marriage between two moreish flavours – the former being a major culinary trend of recent years – and we are excited to reveal this exciting innovation to consumers and shoppers tapping into big night in occasions as winter approaches.“We champion indulgence and premium quality and with rum raisin and salted caramel cheesecake, we are now able to introduce an iconic as well as a re-imagined flavour set that bring to life our brand essence. We think our seasonal editions hit the spot as the perfect accompaniment to share on a crisp autumn wintery evening for the mixture of cold and warm that the occasion warrants.” Both variants are now available in the UK with a recommended retail price of £5.35.Earlier this year the brand ventured into the non-dairy section with the launch of four vegan flavours in the US. Share with your network: Tags: DairyHäagen-Dazsice creamnew productUKlast_img read more