Donald R. Cohodes, Health Care Policy Leader, Dies at 44

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Donald R. Cohodes, 44, a vice president of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans, died of cancer on Wednesday, March 9, 1994, at Evanston Hospital, Evanston, Illinois. Mr. Cohodes, a resident of the Chicago suburb of Wilmette, Illinois, was recognized nationally as an expert on health care policy and finance.

On a national level, Mr. Cohodes oversaw Medicare operations and policymaking functions at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. He administered the Medicare Part A prime contract, provided administrative support for all Blue Shield Medicare Part B carriers, headed the Blue Cross and Blue Shield contract negotiation team, and represented Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans on Medicare issues before the Federal Government, Congress, and outside interest groups.

In the area of policy, Mr. Cohodes had been responsible for developing positions on various issues including: physician payment reform, health planning, ratesetting and other regulatory mechanisms, and improving access to care.

From 1984-90, Mr. …