What They’re Watching: John Pickett, Anthem Blue Cross


Eli Kirshbaum


When asked about his top areas of focus in California health policy, John Pickett, Regional Vice President of Provider Solutions at Anthem Blue Cross, listed three broad topics. Pickett is focused on implementing value based purchasing partnerships, establishing strong digital exchanges between plans and providers, and drawing on health data to solve inequities in the health care system.


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“COVID, if it’s done anything, it’s essentially forced us all to pull together as opposed to split apart. So we’ll have very open and honest conversations with hospital CEOs, CEOs from medical groups and so forth as to what we can do to best serve a patient population, and it really is a camaraderie, a true partnership pulling together to make sure the patient population is served,” he said.