Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross), the largest health plan in Minnesota, has joined the Medical Alley Association (MAA) to support Minnesota’s leadership in healthcare and health technology. John Uribe, Vice President of Business Development and a veteran of large corporations and startups, will lead the relationship with Medical Alley.
MAA is committed to elevating Minnesota’s healthcare leadership by bringing together payors, providers and technology producers around the challenges of high quality, high value care. BCBS MN will bring the perspective of a payor with a history of investing in innovation through startups, internal projects and public policy.
Shaye Mandle, President and CEO of MAA commented, “Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is the first health plan to join the new Medical Alley Association. They will bring new perspectives to our membership. They also bring a clear commitment to ensuring the world knows that Minnesota’s Medical Alley is the best place in the world to innovate in health.” Shaye also commented, “Our members have stressed the importance of having payors at the table. To develop products and services that meet the triple aim of better care, health and costs requires that we have all stakeholders at the table. We thank Blue Cross for their leadership.”
Blue Cross has recently invested in two Minnesota startups, Learn to Live and RetraceHealth and is also an anchor tenant of Treehouse Health, a Minneapolis based health technology accelerator and MAA member.
“Blue Cross is committed to investing in emerging business models that bring innovation to health care,” Uribe said. “Joining the Medical Alley Association will help our organization work toward that goal by giving Blue Cross the opportunity to work with and potentially invest in companies that are truly leading the way for the future of healthcare.”
About BlueCross and BlueShield of Minnesota
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota’s first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. A nonprofit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.9 million members in Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by its affiliated companies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. Go to bluecrossmn.com to learn more.