Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah names new Executive Medical Director

Salt Lake City, Utah – Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah is pleased to announce that Mark D. Hiatt, MD, MBA, MS has joined Regence as Executive Medical Director. In this role, Dr. Hiatt will work with health care providers to enhance the quality and affordability of care for Regence members in Utah.                      

Dr. Hiatt has most recently served as chief medical officer of HealthHelp, a specialty benefits management company headquartered in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he was responsible for managing the utilization of services related radiology, radiation oncology cardiology, emergency medicine and pain management for millions of patients in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.  Previously, he served as an attending radiologist, clinical department leader and board member for Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals & Clinics, a large regional health system based in Tyler, Texas.  Dr. Hiatt has also served as a clinical instructor in cardiovascular imaging at Stanford University Medical Center.

“Mark is someone who’s really working to make a difference in the world of healthcare. His ability to build bridges among providers, governmental agencies and academic institutions will be a key attribute as we work toward a more affordable, transparent and sustainable health care system for Utah,” says Richard Popiel, M.D., Executive Vice President.  “Mark is extremely knowledgeable about the Affordable Care Act and the role Accountable Care Organizations can play in transforming health care. He has a long track record of building strong relationships with providers that will ensure our members in Utah have the best possible care at an affordable price.”

Dr. Hiatt completed a fellowship in cardiovascular imaging at Stanford University after a residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Virginia and medical school at Wake Forest University.  He also earned an MBA from Wake Forest and a master’s in health evaluation sciences, with an emphasis in medical informatics, from the University of Virginia.  He completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University, where he studied economics and Italian literature.  Dr. Hiatt has published over 50 scientific articles and chapters, has presented at over 100 healthcare conferences and is active in many professional organizations. 

About Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah is a leading health plan in Utah, with more than 330,000 members, offering health, life and dental insurance. Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah is a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, and is affiliated with Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and Regence BlueShield (selected counties in Washington). Together, the companies serve more than two million members in the Northwest/Intermountain Region. The Regence affiliated companies are committed to improving the health of its members and communities, and to transforming the health care system. For more information, please visit www.regence.com or www.regence.com/RegenceUtah.