Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Welcomes New Clinical Leadership


Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) today announced the addition of two new members to its leadership team. Matt Collins, M.D. is the company’s new vice president of clinical integration, and Katherine Dallow, M.D. joins as vice president of clinical affairs.

Collins is a primary care physician who most recently served as senior director of medical affairs at Fallon Community Health Plan in Massachusetts. Prior to Fallon, he was medical director of Neighborhood Health Plan in Massachusetts. Collins brings deep expertise in designing and implementing care models across Commercial, Medicare and Medicaid populations. Collins earned his MD from Howard University College of Medicine, and his MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.


“Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island continues to focus on lowering healthcare costs by creating better alignment between providers and organizations across the continuum of care. Dr. Collins brings the experience and creative thinking needed to help accelerate positive change across our healthcare delivery systems,” said Mark Waggoner, the company’s senior vice president for care integration and management.

Dallow comes to BCBSRI from Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization, where she served as medical director for managed care. Her areas of expertise include commercial contract management, quality metric analysis and performance, pharmacy cost management, high risk care management and medical coding. She also serves as an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard University. Dr. Dallow earned her MD from Jefferson Medical College, and an MPH with a focus on health care management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

“Physicians play a critical role in improving healthcare through their efforts to create a simpler, more effective care experience for patients,” said Augustine Manocchia, M.D., Blue Cross senior vice president for clinical affairs.” Building on her knowledge as a physician and public health expert, Dr. Dallow will lead efforts to implement practices that improve the quality and safety of care.”

The company’s new hires reflect its commitment to building a healthcare system that is affordable and sustainable. BCBSRI will continue to focus on executing innovative solutions to improve quality outcomes, enhance members’ experience with the healthcare system and lower total healthcare costs. 


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