Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah has chosen Dr. Donna Milavetz to serve as its new executive medical director. In this role, she will collaborate with local health care providers and employers to enhance the quality of care and innovative offerings for Regence members statewide. Milavetz will also lead initiatives aimed at decreasing health care expenses and oversee medical cost stewardship activities for the health plan.
“Given her deep knowledge and expertise in health care delivery and public health administration, Dr. Milavetz is an ideal advocate for Regence members and collaborative partner for our network providers,” said Dr. Drew Oliveira, senior executive medical director at Regence. “She is passionate about value-based health care, quality improvement, and preventive medicine, all of which aligns with our mission to make health care more efficient, accessible and affordable.”
Prior to joining Regence, Milavetz served in vice president roles at Steward Health Care. She founded and led Onsite Care, Inc. as its chief executive officer and chief medical officer for more than a decade, while also broadening connections in Utah’s business community. Milavetz also spent over 25 years in medical directorship, consultant roles, and clinical practice.
“Dr. Milavetz is highly qualified as a medical director, clinical administrator, and business leader, which uniquely positions her to advance health improvement and affordability initiatives on behalf of our health plan members,” said Jim Swayze, president at Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah. “She brings a wealth of experience to this key leadership role. We’re excited about her ability to elevate how Regence serves Utah employers, their workforces, and the public as a whole.”
At Regence, Milavetz will work closely with network providers throughout Utah to improve clinical outcomes and reduce medical costs with a focus on increasing the delivery of high-quality care. She will partner with employers offering Regence health plans to implement preventive medicine programs that improve health and reduce out-of-pocket expenses for employees and their families.
“I am passionate about helping people improve their long-term health and eager to serve our health plan members in particular,” said Dr. Donna Milavetz, executive medical director at Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah. “Given my deep commitment to engaging with employers on deploying value-based care, I’m looking forward to collaborating with Utah businesses and sharing my understanding of the employer health care environment.”
Milavetz received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Additionally, she completed internal medicine residencies at the University of Minnesota and Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard University in Massachusetts.
About Regence BlueShield of Utah
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, based in Salt Lake City, is the state’s first health insurer and now provides more than 675,000 people with comprehensive health insurance solutions. As a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Regence is part of a family of companies dedicated to transforming health care by delivering innovative products and services that change the way consumers in Utah and nationwide experience health care. For more information, please visit regence.com, facebook.com/regenceutah, or twitter.com/regenceutah.