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Physician Executive Thomas James III, M.D., Joins AMFC as Corporate Medical Director, Medical Policy

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 22, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies (AMFC) announced today that Thomas James III, M.D., has joined its medical leadership team as corporate medical director, Medical Policy, effective today. Dr. James, a veteran physician executive with more than 30 years of experience in managing health plan medical policies, will report to Andrea Gelzer, M.D., AMFC's senior vice president and corporate chief medical officer.

In this newly created position, Dr. James will oversee the development of AMFC's corporate medical policies and will also serve as the chair of AMFC's corporate medical policy committee.

Dr. James joins AMFC from Humana, where he served as the health insurer's national network medical director since January 2009. Previously, he was Humana's national accounts healthcare advisor and the chief medical officer for its Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee plans. Dr. James also has held medical leadership roles with Anthem Blue Cross of Kentucky, Traveler's Health Network, Sentara Health Plan and HealthAmerica.

Dr. James is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He completed internal medicine residencies at Temple University Hospital and Pennsylvania Hospital, as well as a pediatric residency at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

"Dr. James brings a wealth of experience in health plan medical management, particularly in managed care quality and performance measurement," said Dr. Gelzer. "We are pleased to have someone of Dr. James' caliber leading the development and management of our corporate medical policies."

About AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies

AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies (AMFC) is one of the nation's leaders in health care solutions for the underserved. AMFC operates in 12 states and serves more than 4.5 million Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP members through its Medicaid managed care products, pharmaceutical benefit management services, behavioral health services and other administrative services. Headquartered in Philadelphia, AMFC is a mission-driven company with 30 years of experience serving low-income and chronically ill populations. For more information, visit www.amerihealthmercy.com.

For more information, please contact:

Michelle Davidson

Director, Media Relations

Phone: (215) 863-6364

Mobile: (215) 208-9816

E-mail: michelle.davidson@amerihealthmercy.com

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Source: AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies