Independence Blue Cross (Independence) continues to shape the discussion on health care innovation at the 2017 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society National Conference (HIMSS17) which takes place February 19-23 in Orlando, Florida. As one of the original supporters of Philadelphia’s regional health information exchange — HealthShare Exchange (HSX) — we are participating in a live demonstration at the HIMSS17 Interoperability Showcase….
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Independence Blue Cross (Independence) joined local hospitals and medical schools on Friday, February 3, at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to show its support of a new, first-of-its-kind precision medicine study launched by the Philadelphia Coalition for a Cure (PC4C). The study is focused on discovering more effective treatments for children and adults diagnosed with tumors and cancer of the brain and central nervous system….
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Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States ­– causing a third of all deaths each year. To raise awareness of women’s heart health during American Heart Month in February, Independence Blue Cross hosted a fundraiser benefitting the Go Red for Women initiative of the American Heart Association. On National Wear Red day,…
Independence Blue Cross Executive Vice President and President of Facilitated Health Networks Anthony V. Coletta, M.D., M.B.A. joined a panel of health care experts at the Magellan Open Vision Exchange on February 1 to discuss how we are transforming health care to be more accessible and efficient. The panel, Transforming the Provider Delivery System, moderated by Karen Amstutz,…
This week Independence Blue Cross associates from the Specialty Services and Product Development teams volunteered to make 1,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Saint John’s Hospice in Center City Philadelphia — all before starting their workday. More than 40 associates donated the ingredients and made sandwiches to be served later in the day at the center….
In celebration of Black History Month, this February Independence Blue Cross’ Blue Crew volunteers are hosting a virtual book drive donating African-American literature to local students. Through Tree House Books, a literacy center and giving library based in North Philadelphia, the Blue Crew volunteers are helping to foster healthy attitudes towards reading and the appreciation of African-American culture….
Today, executives from Independence Blue Cross, Safeguard Scientifics, and Ben Franklin Technology Partners spoke to more than 80 health care entrepreneurs, educators, health providers, and leaders about the future growth of digital health. The free session, “Fueling Philly’s Digital Health Economy,” held at Quorum @ the University City Science Center, was moderated by Stephen Tang, PhD.,…

IRS 1095 Tax Forms: What You Need to Know

Wednesday, 25 January 2017
You may have received or will soon be receiving an IRS 1095 tax form. The purpose of this form is to help you verify that you had minimum essential health care coverage during the previous calendar year. You are required by the Affordable Care Act to verify your health care coverage when you file your federal tax return….
Eric Steager, managing director, Strategic Innovation Portfolio at Independence Blue Cross (Independence), joined other investor leaders in accepting a Top 100 Rising Star award at the second Global Corporate Venturing (GCV) meeting in Sonoma County, California. The awards presentation was part of the Global Corporate Venturing & Innovation Summit held January 25-26. The event attracts corporate venture leaders managing more than $20 billion in venture assets for companies with aggregate revenues of at least $4 trillion….
Independence Blue Cross Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Richard L. Snyder, M.D., yesterday joined a panel of health care experts, convened by the Philadelphia chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists, to discuss the future of health care reform. The panel brought together some of the region’s most prominent health care journalists to listen to health care experts discuss in depth the future of health care reform and what themes they may see during this transformational time….