Thomas L. Simmer, M.D.
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Thomas L. Simmer oversees Blue Cross Blue Shield of
Michigan’s medical policy, professional payment policies and national
programs to improve quality, cost and access to medical services.
He’s responsible for reimbursement to more than 25,000 physicians
throughout Michigan. Under his leadership, Blue Cross introduced
physician incentive programs to promote cost-effective ways to
prescribe drugs and to provide consistent care for people with chronic
Dr. Simmer also provides leadership to the Michigan Quality
Improvement Consortium. MQIC works with health plan medical
directors across Michigan to create and put evidence-based
guidelines into use.
In 2010, Crain’s Detroit Business honored Dr. Simmer with a Healthcare Hero award. It
recognized his work promoting health care transformation in Michigan through the Patient-
Centered Medical Home initiative and other collaborative programs with doctors and hospitals
throughout the state.
Prior to joining Blue Cross, Dr. Simmer served as vice president of Health and Medical Affairs
for Health Alliance Plan. He also served as associate program director for the Internal Medicine
Residency Program at Henry Ford Hospital and was the recipient of several Distinguished
Dr. Simmer graduated from Wayne State University’s School of Medicine and earned his
bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He’s a member of the American Medical
Association, Michigan State Medical Society and a Fellow of the American College of