Physicians’ Advisory Committee


Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), along with 23 other Blues Plans and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, reached agreement with a nationwide class of physicians (MDs and DOs) to settle a class action lawsuit filed in 2003. The agreement resolves past disagreements between the Plans and physicians; making the commitment to further promote cooperation and communication. HCSC made an independent decision that this agreement is in our best interest because it will strengthen our relationships with physicians and benefit our members.


This agreement will help Blues Plans build on more than 70 years of working closely with doctors to improve the health care system and meet customers’ health care delivery needs. Meeting the terms of this settlement agreement will improve provider satisfaction through more consistent reimbursement, easier access to procedures, and a consistent billing dispute process.


The establishment of the Physicians' Advisory Committee is one of the critical Thomas-Love provisions. This provides an opportunity for HCSC to create a forum for open dialogue on issues related to the relationships and interactions between and among Physicians, their patients, and Blues Plans.

HCSC’s Physicians' Advisory Committee (PAC) is composed of physicians from all four (4) of its plans: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. The purpose of the PAC is to initiate better communication between HCSC and the provider community and solicit input and suggestions from the physicians.


This committee is scheduled to meet twice a year through 2011.

Thomas Love Settlement
HCSC Physicians’ Advisory Committee Contact List


Dr. H. Scott Sarran – Chairperson
Chicago, IL 60601

(312) 653-4089

Dr. Robert Parker

Naperville, IL 60565

(217) 337-3411

Dr. Peter Beaudette

Albuquerque, NM 87109

(505) 346-0500

Dr. Mary D. Peterson

Corpus Christi, TX 78411

(361) 694-4475

Dr. Charles Derus

Aurora, IL 60506

(630) 906-5067

Dr. Greg Pittman

Tulsa, OK 74107

(918) 599-8200

Dr. Nancy Diettrich

Chicago, IL 60611
(773) 572-8302

Dr. Mayank K. Shah

Park Ridge, IL 60068

(847) 318-6020

Dr. Lynn Frame

Tulsa, OK 74104

(918) 749-1413

Dr. Charlotte Smith

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 324-7131

Dr. Nick Knutson

Oklahoma City, OK 73139

(405) 631-0481

Dr. Guadalupe Pete Zamora

Austin, TX 78702

(512) 482-0248

Dr. William Mitchell

Albuquerque, NM 87107

(505) 228-0121


Physicians’ Advisory Committee

Tentative Meeting Dates and Locations

March 14, 2008 Chicago, Illinois Minutes 
Sept. 15, 2008 Tulsa, Oklahoma Minutes 
March 19, 2009 Richardson, Texas Minutes 
Sept. 17, 2009 Albuquerque, New Mexico Minutes 
March 18, 2010 Chicago, Illinois Minutes 
Sept. 16, 2010 Chicago, Illinois Minutes 
March 22, 2011 Albuquerque, New Mexico  Minutes