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IBC Medical Director to Serve on Special Task Force to Review the State of Medicine

Philadelphia, PA - February 23, 2010 - Dale M. Mandel, M.D., a medical director at Independence Blue Cross (IBC), was recently appointed to the Pennsylvania Medical Society's Task Force on the State of Medicine.

"We strongly support open, collaborative dialogue with our colleagues in the medical community, and we are proud to have Dr. Mandel serve on a committee with his peers to address important issues that affect their profession and the entire health care industry," says Douglas L. Chaet, senior vice president of Contracting and Provider Networks at IBC. "We are proud of Dr. Mandel's appointment for the second consecutive year and excited about the opportunities this will create to partner with the Pennsylvania Medical Society and by extension, our broad network of more than 16,000 physicians and specialists."

During Dr. Mandel's  tenure on this specialized task force, the committee has looked at the state of medicine in Pennsylvania, specifically in the following areas: the declining physician work force, reimbursement, recruitment, and retention; increasing physician workloads; monitoring medical students' specialty preferences; and the unpredictable medical liability climate.

"Having worked as a clinician, as a hospital executive, and now as an IBC medical director, has prepared me for this opportunity to provide the task force a broad and balanced perspective on health care in our region," said Dr. Mandel. "We tackle issues that not only affect physicians, but also IBC. Last year, the task force reviewed health benefits costs, billing codes, and vaccination policy comparisons, and took a hard look at what is happening regarding health care throughout the entire state. It's a great opportunity to be involved in a committee that is dedicated to improving health care in Pennsylvania."

About Dr. Dale Mandel

Prior to relocating to Pennsylvania, joining IBC in 2005 and being appointed to this task force in 2009, Dr. Mandel served as the chief medical officer at Nazereth Hospital in Philadelphia. Previously, Dr. Mandel served as the vice president of Medical Affairs at Community General Hospital in Thomasville, N.C., where he began his medical career as a general surgeon at Davidson Surgical Associates. He was also a member of the executive committee of the North Carolina Medical Society and a member of the North Carolina Medical Association. He has been a member of the American College of Physicians Executives since 1994 and the American Medical Association since 1984, and he has been a fellow of the American College of Surgeons since 1987.

Dr. Mandel graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., with a bachelor of science degree. He later received his medical degree from the Universitá di Bologna in Bologna, Italy and a master's degree in medical management from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. He is board certfied in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery, and is a certified physician executive.

About Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross is a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. Nationwide, Independence Blue Cross and its affiliates provide coverage to nearly 3.3 million people. For more than 70 years, Independence Blue Cross has offered high-quality health care coverage tailored to meet the changing needs of members, employers, and health care professionals. Independence Blue Cross's HMO and PPO health care plans have consistently received the highest ratings from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Independence Blue Cross supports comprehensive health care reform that would extend coverage to all Americans, reduce costs, and improve quality. We also advocate reform that builds on the current employer-based system that currently serves 170 million Americans. Learn more about our views on health care legislation now working its way through Congress by visiting our website at www.ibx.com/about_ibc/health_care_reform.

Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

About the Pennsylvania Medical Society

The patient-doctor relationship has been the priority of the Pennsylvania Medical Society since its founding in 1848. The Medical Society listens to concerns of both patients and doctors to improve the delivery of health care services. The Pennsylvania Medical Society is comprised of 20,000 physicians and medical students working together to:

  • represent physicians in public venues including the government, insurance companies, and the media;
  • provide members with timely information, expert services, and professional support on medical practice issues;
  • advance public health, public policy, medical science, education, and ethics;
  • advocate for patients.