Preventable Hospital Readmissions Cut by More Than 25 Percent Under Innovative Contract Between University of Pennsylvania Health System and Independence Blue Cross
Friday, 16 November 2018
A year into new collaboration, Penn Medicine and Independence announce unprecedented resultsPHILADELPHIA, PA — After the first year of an innovative, five-year contract between the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) and Independence Blue Cross (Independence), the health system is reporting a more than 25 percent cut in hospital readmissions – the largest readmission reduction in both organizations’ history....
Independence Blue Cross rolls out PreCheck MyScript tool to simplify prescription experience for patients and providers and lower out-of-pocket drug costs
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Independence Blue Cross reports more members using generics compared with the national average for Blue Cross Blue Shield membership
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Spending increases for brand drugs at Independence are lower than national averageAt more than $100 billion, prescription drugs represent more than 20 percent of overall health care spending for Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) commercially insured members. Prescription drug spending among branded specialty and patent-protected drugs continues to outpace generic drugs by $79.5 billion,...
Wednesday, 12 September 2018
Philadelphia, PA — Independence Blue Cross (Independence) is taking extra measures to help its members in areas affected by Hurricane Florence. For members impacted by Hurricane Florence in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington D.C., Independence will alter some of its policies now through October 12, 2018. Specific steps include: Waiving precertification, referral, and hospital admission requirements for medically necessary care for fully insured members....
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and Independence Blue Cross support opioid prevention and treatment efforts
Friday, 06 April 2018
Efforts include policy that recommends not prescribing opioids as first or second line of pain therapy, and limiting initial opioid scripts to five daysThe Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) National Council of Physician and Pharmacist Executives announced today that it has adopted a professional standard that opioids should not be prescribed as first or second lines of pain therapy in most clinical situations....
Tuesday, 27 June 2017
As the region’s largest health insurer, Independence Blue Cross (Independence) has an unwavering commitment to serve and inspire our members and our communities and to advocate for their well-being. We take substance abuse very seriously and have many initiatives and programs to help prevent substance use disorder. Independence already restricts the quantity of opioids a physician can prescribe....
Independence Blue Cross hosts forum with American Cancer Society on Immunotherapy research advancements
Tuesday, 01 November 2016
Independence Blue Cross (Independence) hosted The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s forum today to discuss and highlight advancements in cancer research through immunotherapy. The event focused on the progress researchers are making in immunotherapy, which is treatment that uses the body’s own immune system to help fight cancer. The discussion also included the important role that federal funding has in fueling cancer research....
Friday, 21 October 2016
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