Eight promising early-stage health companies will present their business cases to a group of more than 120 potential customers, investors, business partners, and others at the fifth Dreamit Health Demo Day.  Sponsored by Dreamit, Independence Blue Cross, (Independence) and Penn Medicine, Dreamit Health is a business accelerator program now in its fifth year that provides funds and mentoring to attract the best and brightest minds to our region to implement big ideas that solve critical health issues….
If you or someone in your family has trouble managing medications, you’re not alone. Studies show that as many as 50 percent of patients don’t take their medications as directed. Not only can non-compliance result in poorer health outcomes, such as more hospitalizations and ER visits, it also costs a lot of money — nearly $100 billion annually in avoidable costs….
Street Beats, a music production pilot program created by Covenant House Pennsylvania, aims to help homeless youth gain confidence, develop critical life skills, and express their creativity and emotions in a supportive environment. Created with a Building Healthier Communities grant from the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Street Beats empowers youth to create musical beats, write their own lyrics,…
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  Michelle Histand, Innovation director at Independence Blue Cross, is one of 10 “emerging industry leaders” recognized by Managed Healthcare Executive. Histand, who manages the Innovation design thinking program at Independence, is briefly profiled in the May publication. The design thinking program, which set out to change the way Independence’s associates solve complex business problems by using “design thinking” principals,…
Independence proudly joined Be Well Philly on Saturday, June 3 to sponsor the popular Be Well Philly Boot Camp. Billed as the “ultimate health and fitness event for women,” the all-day experience is geared to motivate, educate, and empower women to get healthy and fit. The day included group fitness classes, speakers, chef-led cooking demos, marketplace vendors,…
Independence Blue Cross is excited to kick off another Summerfest season at the Blue Cross RiverRink! The fifth annual summer celebration promises to be the best yet at Philadelphia’s most iconic outdoor skating rink. Located on Columbus Boulevard at Penn’s Landing, visitors can enjoy roller skating, outdoor bowling, arcade games, carnival rides, and more from May 26 to September 3….
In April, Independence Blue Crew members were out in full force in celebration of National Volunteer Month, which recognizes American volunteerism and the passionate people across the nation who dedicate their time and talents to serving others. Associates volunteered nearly 1,900 hours at approximately 35 project locations to support community health, local children’s programs, and community improvement projects….
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Last month the Independence Blue Crew got a little nosey, but in a good way. The group raised more than $1,000 to benefit Red Nose Day, an international campaign that uses the power of humor to raise money and awareness for children’s charities. Founded by Comic Relief, Red Nose Day invites us to come together to make a difference for children facing poverty….
Behind the SunSmart sunscreen dispenser are (L-R) Philadelphia Phillies Senior Vice President Dave Buck, Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation Executive Director Stacy Ostrau, Baseball Hall of Fame player Mike Schmidt, Independence Blue Cross President of Facilitated Health Networks Anthony V. Coletta, M.D., MBA, and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. Independence Blue Cross Executive Vice President and President of Facilitated Health Network Anthony V….
Philadelphia –  Independence Blue Cross (Independence) and Holy Redeemer Health System (Holy Redeemer) have agreed to a new three-year contract, making Holy Redeemer the first community-based health system to join the Independence Facilitated Health Networks (FHN) model. The new contract ensures Independence members continued in-network health care coverage at Holy Redeemer Health System facilities. “This new agreement demonstrates how much we value our long-standing relationship with Holy Redeemer and how committed we are to providing high-quality,…
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