LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Joanna Thomas, M.D., has been promoted to vice president of Clinical Strategy and Population Health for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a position that will afford her the opportunity to lead efforts for statewide and national integrated care management. Dr. Thomas joined Arkansas Blue Cross in 2011 as regional medical director for the Northwest Region and has been instrumental in implementing a custom care management model for some of Arkansas Blue Cross’ large group customers. Dr. Thomas earned her medical degree at the University of Liverpool School of Medicine in England UK. She completed her family medicine residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Fayetteville. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice. She served in a variety of roles as Associate Professor at UAMS Northwest in Fayetteville, where she was an award-winning teacher and named three times as a “Best Doctor in America” by peers. About Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield 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.