Trent Haywood, M.D., J.D.,is Chief Medical Officer for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), a national federation of 37 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. The Blue System is the nation's largest health insurer covering nearly 100 million – one-in-three of all Americans.. It is the largest single processor of Medicare claims in the nation, and holds the world's largest privately underwritten health insurance contract – the nearly 5.2-million-member Federal Employee Program® (FEP).
As the Association’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Haywood’s focus will be to support BCBS companies’ record of innovation in communities around the country as they improve the choices of healthcare quality and patient safety for their members. He is responsible for the Office of Clinical Affairs, which strives to improve opportunities between providers and BCBS companies to improve the choices of quality healthcare provided to members.
Dr. Haywood also oversees the Technology Evaluation Center (TEC), a nationally recognized evidence-based practice center that uses evidence-based methodology for the assessment of clinical technologies. He leads the National Council of Physician Executives (NCPE), which consists of physician executives that guide clinical direction across BCBS companies. Dr. Haywood also represents BCBSA with government agencies and professional organizations.
Before joining BCBSA, Dr. Haywood served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for VHA Inc., where he developed best practices to drive quality, stimulate clinical innovation, support pay-for-performance, and prepare for consumer driven healthcare. Prior to joining VHA, Dr. Haywood was Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) where he led agency priorities including quality public reporting and value-based payment innovations.
Dr. Haywood received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a medical degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago. He completed his internal medicine residency at Loyola University. Dr. Haywood also holds a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.