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James Fawcett named President of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia

PITTSBURGH (Aug. 24, 2016) — Highmark announced today that James L. Fawcett has been appointed president of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia (Highmark West Virginia) effective Nov. 1, 2016, following the retirement of J. Fred Earley II. Fawcett is a 27-year veteran Highmark employee, most recently serving as senior vice president of Medicaid markets in West Virginia and Delaware.

"Fred's legacy is one of true commitment and dedication to not only the health and well-being of our members and employees, but also to the entire state of West Virginia, and he will be greatly missed" said Deborah Rice-Johnson, Highmark Health Plan president. "Like Fred, Jim's extensive knowledge of the health care industry, combined with his experience in sales, provider contracting and the Medicaid market, make him an ideal fit and well-positioned to lead Highmark West Virginia as its president."

Prior to this role, Fawcett served in a number of leadership positions with Highmark, including provider contracting and network management for Highmark's West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware markets and senior vice president of sales and client management in Pennsylvania. In these roles, he headed the transformation from traditional fee-for-service contracts to pay-for-value contracts that include Accountable Care Organizations and Patient Centered Medical Homes and other pay-for-value efforts and was responsible for the sales and client management teams’ activities covering more than 1.8 million Highmark members.

Fawcett holds a bachelor's degree from Indiana University, was a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force and he is a Certified Healthcare Consultant (CHC). He is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh and is on the board for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. Fawcett will be relocating to Parkersburg.

Earley, who was appointed president of Highmark West Virginia in 2009, served as general counsel for twenty years prior to this appointment. In addition to his role as president of Highmark West Virginia, Earley also serves as president of Highmark Senior Solutions Company and West Virginia Family Health and is a member of the board of directors for Highmark West Virginia. Among his many contributions, Fred has led the company through a time of unprecedented change in the health care industry, including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion in West Virginia, resulting in the formation of West Virginia Family Health.

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia serves approximately 290,000 members through the company's health care benefits business and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the Blue Card program. With offices in in Parkersburg, Charleston and Wheeling, it employs more than 750 people. Highmark West Virginia is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit

For more information, contact:
Cathy McAlister
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia