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Blues' Thomas Simmer Joins Michigan Health Information Network Board of Directors: The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services announced that Dr. Thomas L. Simmer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has joined the MiHIN Board of Directors, adding decades of proactive physician leadership experience to the statewide initiative to improve healthcare through electronic health information exchange. Simmer brings many years of healthcare leadership and experience to MiHIN. As Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, he is responsible for reimbursement, medical policy and professional payment policies. Under his leadership, BCBSM has implemented a number of collaborative programs to improve access, cost and quality of medical services, and Simmer continues to build positive relationships between medical societies and physicians across Michigan. Prior to joining BCBSM, Simmer was vice president of health and medical affairs and medical director for Health Alliance Plan. He is a member of the Michigan State Medical Society and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. MiHIN is dedicated to improving the healthcare experience and decreasing cost for Michigan's people by supporting the statewide electronic exchange of health information and making valuable data available at the point of care. MiHIN is a public and private nonprofit collaboration between the State of Michigan, the Office of the National Coordinator, sub-state Health Information Exchanges, insurers, payers, providers and patients. For more information visit More about the Blues at

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