Author: Ellen Chu

 

Small Businesses, Big Ideas: BCBSNC Hosts N&O’s Shop Talk

Small Businesses, Big Ideas: BCBSNC Hosts N&O’s Shop Talk

According to the Small Business Administration, two thirds of new jobs are created by businesses with fewer than 500 employees. On the other hand, the SBA says, only about half of those businesses are still open after five years. So if you’re running a business – or thinking about starting one – how do you […]
Why Are Some Insurers Issuing Rebates?

Why Are Some Insurers Issuing Rebates?

It might seem like a nice surprise to get a check in the mail that you weren’t expecting. But if that check comes from a health insurer, you might want to think about whether it really is a good deal. The Affordable Care Act requires individual and group health insurers to publicly report their medical […]
Suntans Fade, but the Sun’s Effects Last a Lifetime

Suntans Fade, but the Sun’s Effects Last a Lifetime

Odds are we all know someone who has been affected by skin cancer. More than 1 million Americans are diagnosed with it each year, according to the American Cancer Society, including almost 60,000 people with melanoma — the most serious type. To avoid becoming one of these statistics, it’s important to know how to stay […]
Health Care Fraud: The $80 Billion Crime

Health Care Fraud: The $80 Billion Crime

In a nation that spends a few trillion dollars a year on health care, there are bound to be some who try to take advantage of the system for their own gain. After all, it’s just a drop in the bucket, right? Wrong. These fraudulent actions have a big and expensive impact. In 2013, the FBI estimated that health care fraud costs the U.S. $80 billion every year. Other estimates..
Sticker Shock: The Impact of Hidden Medical Costs

Sticker Shock: The Impact of Hidden Medical Costs

Our inability to compare cost and quality information means there isn’t a way to keep prices in check. Without checks and balances, all of our medical costs rise.
Costly Habits: What $1.5 Trillion Looks Like

Costly Habits: What $1.5 Trillion Looks Like

All the cheeseburgers, cigarettes and channel-surfing Americans enjoy certainly take their toll: Unhealthy lifestyles account for up to 40 percent of all deaths in the U.S.
Making More Resources Available to Our Military Veterans

Making More Resources Available to Our Military Veterans

Did you know that one out of every 10 people in North Carolina has served in the military? With so many of our friends, neighbors and relatives having served our country, all of us should find a way to express our appreciation. One way we do that is by recognizing that military servicemen, servicewomen and […]
Meet Our New Customers: Who We Enrolled During the Affordable Care Act’s First Open Enrollment Period

Meet Our New Customers: Who We Enrolled During the Affordable Care Act’s First Open Enrollment Period

As of May 1, 2014, we enrolled more than 232,000 customers in ACA plans through the Exchange. More North Carolinians having access to health insurance is a good thing. But the top-line enrollment number doesn’t tell the whole story.
How “One-Bill” Surgeries are Making  a Difference in North Carolina

How “One-Bill” Surgeries are Making a Difference in North Carolina

Insurance billing can be a real pain — we’re the first to admit that. That’s why, with the help of Triangle Orthopaedic Associates (TOA), we’ve expanded our efforts to provide better quality care and simpler billing to our customers who are having hip or knee replacement surgeries. Orthopedics This Week recently outlined the positive results […]