AmeriHealth Caritas Appoints Information Technology Visionary Fred Dickson to Lead IT Team

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PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, a national leader in Medicaid managed care and other health care solutions for those most in need, announced today that Fred Dickson is joining the company as senior vice president, Information Solutions, effective today. AmeriHealth Caritas is a majority-owned subsidiary of Independence Blue Cross; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan holds a minority interest.

Dickson brings more than 25 years of experience as a corporate information systems leader, the majority of which was spent in executive positions in health care companies. In this newly created position, Dickson will report to Anne Morrissey, executive vice president and chief operating officer of AmeriHealth Caritas.

Dickson comes to AmeriHealth Caritas from Coventry Health Care, where, as vice president of information technology, he was responsible for directing the company's IT strategy, planning, quality assurance and testing, enterprise architecture, project management, vendor management, IT training and corporate systems. He previously served as chief information officer for the Marshfield Clinic's Security Health Plan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. Dickson started his career at Prudential Insurance Company and later joined The Pillsbury Company.

"A top-notch IT infrastructure is vital for any company today, but particularly for one like us that is looking to expand its mission. This starts with having a leader with an outstanding track record in health care information solutions, and Fred Dickson fits the bill perfectly," said Morrissey.

"Health care reform provides new opportunities for companies like AmeriHealth Caritas to help more people access quality health care, and I am excited to join a company that is so strongly committed to seizing those opportunities," said Dickson. "I look forward to developing information solutions that will allow us to meet the needs of our current — and future — state."

About AmeriHealth Caritas

AmeriHealth Caritas is one of the nation's leaders in health care solutions for those most in need. AmeriHealth Caritas operates in 15 states and the District of Columbia, and serves more than 4.8 million Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP members through its integrated managed care products, pharmaceutical benefit management services, behavioral health services and other administrative services. Headquartered in Philadelphia, AmeriHealth Caritas is a mission-driven company with 30 years of experience serving low-income and chronically ill populations. For more information, visit

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