CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has appointed four new leaders in its senior care division: Dr. Angeline Brunetto as vice president and chief medical officer, Jason Habich as vice president of Medicare finance and product strategy, LaShonda Swoope as director of health services, and Dianna Leun as director of quality improvement.
Dr. Angeline Brunetto, vice president and chief medical officer
Dr. Brunetto oversees care management and population health teams as well as the division’s medical review processes, ensuring compliance with Medicare requirements. She leads quality improvement programs and works closely with her team on provider outreach and projects related to improving consumer experience.
An emergency medicine physician by training, Dr. Brunetto joined the BlueCross senior care team as a senior medical director in 2020 where she managed the physician team and worked on processes to align utilization management and to improve member health outcomes.
Before joining BlueCross, Dr. Brunetto was a medical director for a national insurer. She also served on the faculty of Meharry Medical College’s School of Medicine and worked as a clinician at several Tennessee care facilities including Nashville General Hospital.
Dr. Brunetto received her Doctor of Medicine degree from East Tennessee State University and Physician Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Auburn University. She earned a Bachelor of Science in animal science from Tennessee State University
Jason Habich, VP of Medicare finance and product strategy
Habich oversees teams who develop and design Medicare Advantage products. He is also responsible for the division’s financial planning, performance and operations.
His experience includes Medicare Advantage product strategy and Individual Special Needs Program product development, as well as finance, analytics and operational insight from previous roles with Cigna and Humana.
Habich earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Louisville.
LaShonda Swoope, director of health services
In Swoope’s new role, she oversees utilization management review of inpatient and outpatient services requested for Medicare Advantage members. She is also responsible for the teams who train and educate medical management staff.
She previously worked in the company’s commercial and BlueCare Tennessee divisions before joining the senior care division in 2015.
Before joining BlueCross, Swoope worked in nursing roles at several hospitals and care facilities in the Chattanooga area.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Western Governors University and has achieved the Professional, Academy for Health Care Management (PAHM®) designation.
Dianna Leun, director of senior products quality improvement
Leun leads strategic development and execution of quality improvement programs for the company’s Medicare Advantage plans. She oversees teams responsible for provider and member outreach, collaboration and alignment of provider goals and performance, and education on best practices in delivering high-quality care. Additionally, she coordinates activities to improve clinical quality documentation and facilitates transmission of provider data.
Leun joined BlueCross in 2019 as Medicare program strategy manager. She oversaw the supplemental data project, including program development and monitoring as well as maintaining productive provider partnerships.
Before coming to BlueCross, she was quality informatics coordinator/quality assurance manager with CHI Memorial Health Partners Foundation. She also served in quality improvement as well as medical and surgical nursing roles at Erlanger Health System.
Leun earned a Master of Health Administration and Clinical Informatics degree from the University of Phoenix. She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is a taxpaying, not-for-profit health plan serving more than 3.4 million members in Tennessee and around the country. The Chattanooga-based company was founded in 1945 and has served the state for more than 75 years. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company’s news center at bcbstnews.com.