Tag: health care

 

What to Know and Do About Medical Overtreatment

What to Know and Do About Medical Overtreatment

Have you ever wondered if every medical test or procedure is really necessary? Clearly, some aren’t. The Institute of Medicine says $210 billion is wasted each year on medical overtreatment — tests and procedures that either aren’t necessary or duplicate previous tests. Overtreatment can even happen when you do something as simple as switching doctors. […]
U.S. Health Care Costs $2.8 Trillion. Do We Get Our Money’s Worth?

U.S. Health Care Costs $2.8 Trillion. Do We Get Our Money’s Worth?

The United States spent $2.8 trillion on health care in 2012. So what did we get for our money? A last-place ranking in health quality and efficiency among 11 leading nations, according to a new report. The Commonwealth Fund measured a variety of health rankings and compared the results. Not only did the U.S. fare […]
The Drug That Costs $1,000 a Day — And Why You Should Care

The Drug That Costs $1,000 a Day — And Why You Should Care

You have to love the TV pitchman’s favorite question: “Why pay more?” But it’s no longer good for a chuckle when you find out there’s an actual answer. In the case of Sovaldi, the new hepatitis C drug, someone has to pay more — a lot more — than what the vast majority of other […]
5 Emergency Room Myths Busted

5 Emergency Room Myths Busted

If you follow us on Facebook, you might have caught the recent conversation on our page about emergency room (ER) use. Folks felt strongly about this topic, and we had a ton of feedback on the subject. Here’s what we shared: “Half of ER visits aren’t emergencies, which wastes $38 billion a year.” You read […]
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 […]
Let’s Talk Cost: The High Cost of Health Care

Let’s Talk Cost: The High Cost of Health Care

It’s sometimes shocking to see the price of health care. While rising medical costs are one of those issues that everyone agrees needs fixing, no one seems to agree on just how to do it. BCBSNC first began a conversation about health care costs when we launched the Let’s Talk Cost campaign in 2011. Today […]
Beyond the Call: How Jessica Helped a Customer Resolve Bills Exceeding $57K

Beyond the Call: How Jessica Helped a Customer Resolve Bills Exceeding $57K

While there are hundreds of stories we could share, this one really spoke to the heart of what it means to take care of our customers. The video below profiles Jessica, one of our amazing customer service professionals, helping a struggling customer. Like all of us here, Jessica cares deeply about our customers. Here’s how she […]

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: BCBSNC Retail Stores in North Carolina

Sometimes it just feels like there’s never enough time in the day. Wake up, go to work, do your job, come home, help the kids with their homework. Before you know it, it’s dark outside and you didn’t get through half of the tasks on the dreaded to-do list. We understand. We’re there with you. […]
5 Tips to Jump Start Your Career in 2014

5 Tips to Jump Start Your Career in 2014

By now, many of us have vowed to do a number of things in 2014 – some may have resolved to be healthier and save more money. Don’t let your career drop take a backseat