Blue Cross and Blue Shield


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Blue Cross and Blue Shield

A group of 39 insurance companies in the United States. It provides health insurance to about one-third of the American population. Each affiliated company is separately incorporated to offer insurance in a single state or within a region. Primarily, it offers PPOs and HMOs, but it is also an administrator of Medicare. It is based in Chicago and traces its origins to 1929.
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* Blue Cross and Blue Shield Chapters--founded in the 1930s and 1940s--used to vigorously compete against each other, encroaching on each other's territories, often several vying for the same state, said the complaints.
To find out which insurance plan their physician participates in, employees should contact their physician's office, or search the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Provider Finder database at bcbsil.com.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association "State Legislative Health Care and Insurance Issues" report is compiled from a survey of each of the 39 independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies across the country.
The heart of the problem is that the health care industry is so fragmented and in some ways, still a cottage industry, said Gail Boudreaux, president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF) took the latter position in its pay-for-performance program, Recognizing Physician Excellence (RPE[SM]).
Since CMS released its statement, Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced that the nation's 42 Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans will a[so have HIPAA contingency plans under which they will accept existing claims-submission formats during a transition period after the deadline.
To meet the growing need for strategic news and analysis of innovative moves being made by Blues plans, Atlantic Information Services this month launched The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has selected Interwoven Inc.'s Content Infrastructure to enhance information distribution via its intranet and Web site to all employees and 1.7 million customers.
More than one in four Americans--or 74.5 million--are enrolled in Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurance plans nationwide, according to new figures from a trade group representing the plans.
Coram Healthcare, Denver, CO, announced it has entered into agreements with three Blue Cross Blue Shield plans - Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New York; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, a Division of Health Care Service Corp; and Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey.
Lawrence Memorial Award were Howard Fiddle, Edward Midgley, Carol Nelson, Mary Ann Tighe and Joel Wechsler for the sale of 622 Third Avenue and the lease at One World Trade Center for Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Cohodes oversaw Medicare operations and policymaking functions at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
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