Matthew Bartels, MD, FAAP, CPE
Dr. Matthew Bartels is the vice president, chief medical officer for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. He is responsible for oversight of the clinical content of programs and initiatives, and he plays a key role in driving health and outcome measurement requirements and program evolution. In his role, Dr. Bartels also collaborates with South Carolina physicians and hospitals to achieve the “Quadruple Aim,” a widely adopted goal in the health care community of improving health outcomes, enhancing member/patient experience, reducing costs, and improving physician and care team satisfaction. He helps guide numerous activities for BlueCross, including the overall strategic direction of the population health programs, innovative provider partnerships, and value-based care arrangements.
Board certified in pediatric medicine, Bartels has practiced for over 20 years and has worked in health care administration for the last 13 years.
Prior to coming to South Carolina in July 2017, Dr. Bartels was in a leadership role at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield in New York where he was a Chief Medical Officer with an focus on quality program development, analytics and measurement, provider collaborations, and health care improvement activities. There, he provided clinical oversight of the care management and quality programs for all lines of business, helping to drive innovation and improve or maintain the Plan’s performance rating in several categories. He formed the plan’s Physician Advisory Committee to enable best practice sharing and partnership on health improvement initiatives, helping shape the evolving value-based care relationships.
He attended Fordham University for undergraduate education, and graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. From there he completed his residency training at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Bartels is a member of the American Medical Association and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a Certified Physician Executive as well as a member of the American Association for Physician Leadership.