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BCBSND hires Dr. Gwen Halaas as Medical Director

Dr. Halaas is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for quality management activities, including quality monitoring, fraud, waste and abuse, physician reporting and medical policy development. She also provides clinical support for Utilization Management, Case Management, Disease Management and Medical Policy.

Before joining BCBSND, Dr. Halaas worked as Senior Associate Dean for Education at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks, N.D. She previously held leadership positions in interprofessional education, rural health education and family medicine education at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, Minn. Dr. Halaas also served as a medical director at HealthPartners in Bloomington, Minn.

A native of Moorhead, Minn., Dr. Halaas earned her bachelor's degree from Concordia College in Moorhead. She achieved a Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., and went on to earn an MBA from the University of St Thomas in Minneapolis, Minn.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota

BCBSND ( was founded in 1940 with the mission to provide members with affordable access to health care across the state. As a member-owned, not-for-profit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, BCBSND continues to provide the best value in health care coverage through unmatched local service and access to a comprehensive network of health care providers across the state, the nation and in 200 countries.