BCBSALBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
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ALL Kids is a freestanding CHIP program, distinct from the state's Medicaid program, utilizes the large Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama (BCBSAL) network of providers, and pays rates negotiated by BCBSAL.
We obtained data on health service utilization from the ALL Kids claims files, which are managed by BCBSAL. We consider service use for the exhaustive range of health services for which information is available on the ALL Kids claims files, and categorize them based on the categories used by BCB-SAL: (1) allergy treatments, (2) ambulance services, (3) non-preventative dental services (dental treatment), (4) emergency department (ED), (5) inpatient services, (6) physician office or other outpatient visits other than well-child visits, (7) use of brand-name prescription drugs, and (8) use of generic prescription drugs.
Information on enrollee characteristics, including age, gender, race, and area of residence, is collected from the BCBSAL enrollment files and the state's ALL Kids database, and is merged with the information from the claims files.