New role will support growing needs of the aging population in southeastern Pennsylvania

Philadelphia – The 65-and-older population in the United States grew from 44.7 million in 2013 to 46.2 million in 2014. Projections show that this number will increase to almost 90 million by 2060. Independence Blue Cross (Independence) recognizes that this number will continue to grow and that the country’s shortage of geriatric specialists will persist….
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St. Mary Medical Center
Philadelphia, PA — In a shared commitment to improve quality and reduce the cost of health care in southeastern Pennsylvania, Independence Blue Cross (Independence) and St. Mary Medical Center have signed a new multi-year contract. As a part of the agreement, St. Mary Medical Center will for the first time be participating in Independence’s innovative accountable care payment model which rewards hospitals and physicians that provide better coordinated,…
telemedicine

Gives members enhanced access to care via digital channels and virtual visits

Philadelphia – Independence Blue Cross (Independence) announced that it is now offering coverage for telemedicine. This coverage option is a new way to make health care more convenient and accessible, allowing our members to consult with a doctor via secure video on their smartphone or other digital device for medical issues that aren’t emergencies….
Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

First two Entrepreneur-in-Residence programs target bone graft infection prevention and epilepsy research

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Independence Blue Cross (Independence) and Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) today announced the first teams selected to participate in the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program (EIR) that is part of the Independence Blue Cross/Jefferson Health Innovation Collaboration announced last June. Two teams of entrepreneurs at TJU will receive $150,000 each to support projects that will innovatively address two important health issues – bone graft and joint replacement infection and advanced surgical treatment of complex epilepsy….
blue distinction center

New Blue Distinction Center designations aid consumers in finding quality and value

PHILADELPHIA, PA — In an effort to help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality, cost efficient maternity care, Independence Blue Cross announced the first hospitals in southeastern Pennsylvania to receive the Blue Distinction® Center and Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care designations under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program….
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