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,…

Accomplished health care innovator and surgeon will lead efforts to accelerate and expand patient-centered care to improve quality and lower costs

Philadelphia – Independence Blue Cross (Independence) today announced that effective February 1, Anthony Coletta, M.D., MBA became president of Independence’s Facilitated Health Networks and executive vice president of Independence. This new position leading Facilitated Health Networks demonstrates Independence’s commitment to drive improvements in healthcare quality and costs for its members across southeastern Pennsylvania….

Independence statement on Zika virus

Monday, 01 February 2016
At Independence Blue Cross, our first priority is the well-being of our members and our community. That’s why — like many organizations worldwide — we are closely monitoring the Zika virus cases being reported in multiple countries, including the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that people traveling to Mexico, the Pacific Islands,…
whole genome sequencing
Philadelphia, PA — Independence Blue Cross (Independence) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with NantHealth to cover next-generation whole genome sequencing for a variety of cancers. Independence will become the first major insurer to offer coverage for next-generation whole genome sequencing, which fully sequences thousands of genes in a single test, detecting DNA mutations that may serve as markers that inform decisions about optimal cancer therapy….
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Drone-based solutions, wearables, and reducing readmissions focus of Health Hack (#healthhackPHL)

Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia’s leading health insurance organization, Independence Blue Cross (Independence), and one of the largest health care systems, Jefferson (through its Innovation Pillar), will host a free Health Hack (#healthhackPHL) Nov. 13-15,designed to help reinvent health care access and delivery by creating innovative solutions to the biggest challenges in the industry today….
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Event (#healthhackPHL), offers forum for innovators to collaborate and bring ideas to life

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Philadelphia’s largest insurer, Independence Blue Cross (Independence), and one of the largest health care systems, Jefferson (through its Innovation Pillar), will be hosting a free, three-day Health Hack that brings together health care professionals, designers, programmers, nurses, engineers,…

Dreamit and partners Independence Blue Cross and Penn Medicine driving innovation in digital health

Philadelphia, PA – Leading global start up accelerator Dreamit today hosts its 10th Demo Day in Philadelphia, where eight up and coming start ups will take the stage and present their businesses to health care industry leaders and investors. The event marks the culmination of the 2015 Dreamit Health Philadelphia program,…
Philadelphia, PA – Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officially implemented the 10th revision of the International Classifications of Disease (ICD), known as ICD-10, a new, more detailed disease coding system used to identify patient health conditions. As the nation transitions to the new coding system — which was put in place to capture more modern medical advancements,…

Plans include lower maximum out-of-pocket costs, new low to zero premium option

Philadelphia, PA – Independence Blue Cross (Independence), the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania, today announced that for 2016 it will continue to offer a number of high-quality, affordable Medicare Advantage plans that include enriched benefits like lower maximum out-of-pocket costs and extra routine chiropractic and podiatry visits….
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