Skarupa Named President of Insurance Claims Processor PGBA

Saturday, September 20, 2008 General News J E 4
COLUMBIA, S.C., Sept. 19 Michael J. Skarupa, who has morethan 29 years of experience in the health insurance industry, has beenpromoted to president and chief operating officer of insurance claimsprocessor PGBA, LLC, a subsidiary of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

Skarupa, a Greenville, S.C., native, began his career in the GovernmentPrograms Division of BlueCross in 1979 after graduating from the University ofSouth Carolina with a degree in business administration. He held managementpositions with BlueCross and PGBA, serving most recently as vice president forPGBA's Florence, S.C., operations.

Skarupa will continue to work out of the Florence office. He isresponsible for all aspects of PGBA, including contract administration,compliance, budgeting, staffing and procurement activities. PGBA is one of thenation's largest health insurance claims processors, handling claims forMedicare Advantage plans and the Department of Defense's TRICARE program.

Skarupa takes over leadership of PGBA from William J. Meyer, who retiredafter serving as senior officer of PGBA for more than 24 years.

"I look forward to continuing and building upon our tradition ofoutstanding service to the deserving military families and Medicarebeneficiaries that we serve," Skarupa said. "Our success is due to thededicated and valued associates who share our vision of service excellence."

Skarupa has assisted the Department of Defense with the successfulimplementation of many complex initiatives, including the introduction of newtechnologies, benefits and programs.


PGBA serves as a claims-processing subcontractor administering the TRICARENorth Region for Health Net Federal Services and the South Region for HumanaMilitary Healthcare Services. In addition to TRICARE, PGBA is a majorprocessor of Medicare Advantage claims. In 2007, PGBA processed more than 49million claims and paid $8.3 billion in benefits on behalf of more than 8million TRICARE and Medicare beneficiaries.

PGBA has more than 2,500 associates in Columbia, Florence, Camden andSurfside Beach, S.C.

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is an independent licensee of theBlue Cross and Blue Shield Association.



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