Thomas Simmer

Thomas Simmer

Thomas L. Simmer, M.D.

Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer


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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

Service Awards.


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