Preliminary results from California ACO exceed expectations

Early results from a pilot study where an insurer, a hospital organization and a physicians’ group have joined forces to integrate their systems to form an ACO have exceeded expectations, according to a press release by The California Public Employees' Retirement System (calPERS).
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield partnership with Zagat extends to North Carolina

Blue Cross and Blue Shield is teaming up with Zagat dining guide to provide doctor rankings for its members.


The state's largest health insurer, which covers more than 3.7 million people, will announce the online rating service today. Zagat will collect and compile survey information on physicians from Blue Cross members using a 30-point scale on four criteria: trust, communication, availability and office environment. There also will be a comments section.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield Spearheads Initiative to Improve Healthcare Quality, Increase Cost Efficiency

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) announced today that its Blue Distinction designation is demonstrating meaningful differences in healthcare outcomes and value, through collaboration with employer groups, providers and medical organizations to provide consumers with important quality information.


Blue Distinction is a nationwide program that recognizes medical facilities that meet objective, evidence-based thresholds for clinical quality developed in collaboration with expert physicians and medical organizations. This designation provides consumers with a credible, easily identifiable means of selecting facilities that best meet their individual specialty care needs. To date, more than 800 Blue Distinction designations for specialty care have been awarded in 45 states and the District of Columbia in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers and transplants.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois to stop paying for errors

Another insurer this week announced it will no longer pay hospitals for egregious errors, according to the Chicago Tribune. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, the state’s largest insurer, will no longer pay claims for so-called ‘never events,’ such as leaving medical equipment or supplies inside a patient’s body after surgery. 
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