BCBSILBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
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Karen Atwood, President of BCBSIL said, Rarely do you have an opportunity to improve public health, protect our environment and boost productivity for individuals and businesses in a single, effective way.
Five years ago, BCBSIL and Advocate entered into a landmark arrangement that created the nation's largest Accountable Care Organization (ACO) designed to improve care quality and cost of care.
Besides adding Plans G and N, BCBSIL will no longer sell Plan D and E (the current "Standard" and "Select" options).
BCBSIL, Pronger Smith and Elmhurst Clinic will continuously monitor the results of the pilot programs and after 12 months review the data to determine their impact on quality, costs and patient satisfaction.
In addition to access to BCBSIL's broad PPO network of contracting providers, the newly revamped BlueEdge HSA plans provide the same range of benefits as other BCBSIL plans, including coverage for hospitalization, surgery, doctors' office visits, and emergency care.
We have a long-standing commitment to the seniors in Illinois," said Fred Karutz, vice president of Consumer Markets for Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), which operates as BCBSIL, BCBSTX, BCBSNM and BCBSOK.
In addition, the arrangement enables the Lurie Children's Health Partners providers to utilize clinical data and best practices to help drive medical decision-making and improve quality of care - all supporting the goals of better health and improved outcomes for our BCBSIL members.
Our new SelecTEMP PPO enhances our current portfolio by providing affordable and flexible short-term coverage that can be tailored to the diverse needs of the uninsured market," said Fred Karutz, vice president, Consumer Markets, BCBSIL.
BCBSIL first began offering Medicare Supplement insurance plans in 1992 and is now offering Plans K and L as options for seniors seeking lower premiums for their supplemental insurance.
Each provider group then agrees on a set of quality measurements and improvement goals, including reducing inpatient stays and emergency room visits, avoiding unnecessary readmissions, along with improving key care quality measurements," said Jerry Bradford, vice president for Network Management, BCBSIL.