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Independence Blue Cross

Member since 2010

Daniel Hilferty

President and Chief Executive Officer

Daniel J. Hilferty is president and chief executive officer of Independence Blue Cross, one of the nation’s leading health insurers. Since Mr. Hilferty became CEO in 2010, the number of people the company and its affiliates serve has tripled to nearly 8.5 million people in 32 states and Washington, D.C., including more than 2.5 million in the region.

Mr. Hilferty’s vision is to lead the transformation of health care in America, seeking innovative technologies and new models of care that will increase the quality and lower the cost of care. He led the creation of the Independence Blue Cross Center for Health Care Innovation and launched Tandigm Health, a unique joint venture that arms primary care physicians with the tools and data needed to better manage chronic conditions and deliver more personalized care. He has built business collaborations with world-renowned institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania to conduct cutting-edge research and partnered with Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans and other leaders in health care to purchase dynamic health care companies, including AmeriHealth Caritas, one of the country’s largest Medicaid managed care companies.

Mr. Hilferty is a sought-after speaker on leadership, transforming health care, and the role of technology and big data. Mr. Hilferty has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, and other national media. He’s among a select group of nonpartisan health care leaders that President Obama reached out to for advice on implementing health care reform.

Mr. Hilferty serves as chairman of the board of directors for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. He serves on the executive committee of the board of directors of America’s Health Insurance Plans and as chairman of the finance committee of the Tandigm Health and BCS Financial, an innovation partner for Blue companies. In 2015, he served as cochair on the executive leadership cabinet of the World Meeting of Families.

Deeply committed to the Philadelphia region, Mr. Hilferty serves on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia, and FS Investment Corporation III.

Mr. Hilferty earned his undergraduate degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and then served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps running a community center in Portland, Oregon. After earning a master's degree in public administration from American University, he returned to the Philadelphia area where he lives with his wife, Joan. The couple has five children: Coeli, Maris, Dan, John, and Matt.

CEO Cancer Gold Standard™

Gold Standard  Employer

Since 2009


As a leading health insurer in our region, our mission is to enhance the health and wellness of the people and communities we serve. We lead by example, and our Gold Standard accreditation demonstrates our commitment to a culture of health and wellness. There is no better investment for our associates, our business and our community. I ask that you consider the benefits of accreditation and become a Gold Standard company.

— Daniel Hilferty

Gold Standard  Task Force Participation

Task Force Co-Chair, Accreditation Review Board & Member: Karen J. Walters, Clinical Services Support Director

Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania. With our affiliates, we now serve nearly 8.5 million people in 32 states and Washington, D.C., including more than 2.5 million in the region. For nearly 80 years, we have been enhancing the health and wellness of the people and communities we serve by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness.