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The Health Care Sweet Spot: Health Plans That Help You Find It

The Health Care Sweet Spot: Health Plans That Help You Find It

Consumer Reports‘ annual health plan rankings came out two weeks ago. While that certainly gets some attention each year, there’s a new section that warrants a closer look if you’re interested in the costly problem of unnecessary medical treatment. The consumer magazine’s assessment of 507 private health insurance plans now includes a category called “Avoiding […]
How Will the Future of Health Care Be Different from the Present?

How Will the Future of Health Care Be Different from the Present?

Imagine a future where you — the health care consumer — are truly in charge of your care. Where you have the information you need to make smart decisions. And where you shop for health services the way you’d shop for a new car or hire an electrician. Is this a safe prediction for health […]
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 […]
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 […]