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Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Jonathan (Jon) Blum, executive vice president, medical affairs, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, is responsible for overseeing CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst’s) nationally recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home program and medical and care coordination policies, pharmacy policies and provider networks.
Prior to joining CareFirst, Blum served in senior leadership positions at the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), serving most recently as the agency’s principal deputy administrator. He spent the majority of his time at CMS as its policy and operations director of the Medicare program, overseeing the regulation and payment of Medicare fee-for-service providers, privately-administered Medicare health plans (Medicare Advantage), and the Medicare prescription drug program (Medicare Part D).
Prior to CMS, he served on the professional staff of the Senate Finance Committee, advising its prior chairman, Senator Max Baucus, on prescription drug and Medicare Advantage policies during the development of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. He was also a vice president at the health care advisory services firm, Avalere Health, overseeing its Medicaid and Long-Term Care Practice.