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Blue Shield of California Promotes Arminé Papouchian to Senior Vice President of Provider Contracting, Relations, Compliance and Analytics

SAN FRANCISCO (April 20, 2017) --- Blue Shield of California has appointed Arminé Papouchian to senior vice president of provider contracting, relations, compliance and analytics. As a member of the senior leadership team, she will continue to lead the provider network management team. She will also oversee provider relations, network compliance and network analytics, driving initiatives in network design and helping to make care more affordable for Blue Shield customers.

Papouchian has 30 years of heath care experience, including 18 years in network management. She has been at Blue Shield of California for 10 years, where she most recently served as vice president of provider contracting. In that role, she was responsible for hospital, medical group, PPO, ancillary and ambulatory services contracting in California.

Prior to joining Blue Shield, Papouchian was vice president of provider network management at Health Net, Inc. She also has experience in operations, underwriting, organizational effectiveness and medical informatics from her time with Aetna and Prudential Health Care.

“Arminé is a high-integrity, high-performing leader who exemplifies our values, drives results, and has earned the respect of her teammates and peers across the health care industry,” said Jeff Bailet, M.D., executive vice president of Health Care Quality and Affordability at Blue Shield of California. “Under her leadership, she and her team consistently deliver results that help make access to care more affordable for our customers and members.” Papouchian will report to Dr. Bailet.

“I am proud to be at Blue Shield and work with such a great group of health care professionals,” said Papouchian. “I look forward to continue leading our network management team to ensuring all Californians have access to quality, affordable health care.”

Papouchian earned an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.

Contact: Clinton McGue, 415-229-5359,

Background on Blue Shield of California
Blue Shield of California, an independent member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is a nonprofit health plan with 4 million members, 6,800 employees and more than $17 billion in annual revenue. Founded in 1939 and headquartered in San Francisco, Blue Shield of California and its affiliates provide health, dental, vision, Medicaid and Medicare health care service plans in California. The company’s mission is to ensure all Californians have access to high-quality care at an affordable price. Blue Shield has contributed more than $450 million to the Blue Shield of California Foundation since 2002. Contact your local agent or broker about Blue Shield of California products and services, or visit