Children’s Hospital Boston will partner with three of the state’s health insurance plans and the state Medicaid program “as part of a larger push to control the rise in pediatric heath care costs,” the Boston Globe reports.
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.
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.