LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (January 10, 2017) – Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield has promoted Steve Spaulding to executive vice president and chief health management officer. Spaulding has overall executive responsibility for the company’s alternative payment initiatives, primary care initiatives, commercial pharmacy, enterprise business intelligence, provider compensation, provider network operations and Health Advantage. In his expanded role, Spaulding also will have executive responsibility for all matters involving the provider community. Spaulding joined Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield in 1983 as a group marketing representative and was regional executive of the Hot Springs office from 1995-2002. He was named vice president of internal operations in 2003 and has been senior vice president of enterprise networks from 2009 to the present. Spaulding has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Alma College in Alma, Mich., and attended the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Executive Education Program. He is a certified health consultant and chartered life underwriter. Spaulding and his wife Lindy live in Little Rock and have three children. Founded in 1948, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is the largest health insurer in Arkansas. Arkansas Blue Cross and its affiliates have more than 2,700 employees. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is comprised of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans that collectively provide healthcare coverage for nearly 106 million members — one in three Americans.