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Just What Are “Bundled Payments?”

Just What Are “Bundled Payments?”

Health care has more than its share of confusing terminology and jargon. One of our goals at BCBSNC is to break down the terms and concepts to give you the knowledge you need as a health care consumer. In that spirit, we give you the latest term that’s catching on: Bundled payments. It’s essentially a […]

How Networking Works at BCBSNC and Why It Matters to You

Like many companies, BCBSNC sponsors and encourages internal networks for employees who share certain interests or have things in common. Employee networks help our workforce develop a sense of community with each other, regardless of location, job or department. There’s also a benefit that goes beyond our own 4,500 employees: Employee networks are helping us […]
Progress in the March Toward Better Health Care Value

Progress in the March Toward Better Health Care Value

You might not know it, but the odds are increasing that your doctor or hospital is getting paid for the quality of care you receive. The world of medical payments continues to shift in favor of health care value, and away from the volume of procedures performed, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association says […]
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..
Another Private Exchange Opens for Business in NC

Another Private Exchange Opens for Business in NC

Get ready for more options when it comes to choosing your annual health benefits. BCBSNC is launching its first private exchange for North Carolina employers with at least 51 employees. Beginning Sept. 1, the exchange lets employers select up to four different medical plans to offer their employees from a menu of 18 plan options. […]
Walking with Dinosaurs in Durham to Promote Outdoor Play

Walking with Dinosaurs in Durham to Promote Outdoor Play

For generations, kids and adults alike have found adventure in the 86-acre grounds of the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. Filled with amazing plants, animals, and the errant dinosaur or two, it’s something of an institution. When my son was a toddler, he called it the “dinosaur place” and it’s always been a […]
Exchanging Glances: More Employers Looking at Private Exchanges

Exchanging Glances: More Employers Looking at Private Exchanges

The first cycle of enrollments on the new government-run health exchanges is over. The next open enrollment period doesn’t start until November. Which makes this “quiet” period the perfect time to take stock of what’s happening with another new mechanism for obtaining health insurance: The private exchange. Private exchanges are the emerging marketplaces offered by […]
Why Talk Cost? The Health Care Cost Conversation in North Carolina

Why Talk Cost? The Health Care Cost Conversation in North Carolina

By Brad Wilson, CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina I hope you’ve seen or heard about our Let’s Talk Cost initiative. Sometimes people ask me why we are running commercials and promoting a website dedicated to rising health care costs. I think a better question is: Why didn’t we, and others in the […]
The Skinny on Narrow Networks

The Skinny on Narrow Networks

The old marketing phrase “one size fits all” has fallen on hard times. Whether shopping for smartphones or sweaters, consumers want their choices. That’s true even for health insurance. Partly in response to the Affordable Care Act, health insurers are offering consumers more plans to choose from, including plans that keep premiums lower by limiting […]