BlueCross works to lower health care costs

At BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, we have prepared for the past three years for the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including the state’s Marketplace, which opened earlier this month. At every turn, our preparation was driven by a simple truth: Nothing improves access to care more than lower costs. That’s why, together with leading hospitals and health systems around the ... [Read More]

A Patient-Focused Partnership for Chattanooga

We recently discussed the need for collaboration to control health care costs, along with our goal to develop innovative partnerships with providers throughout Tennessee. And beginning July 1, we’ll have a new strategic partner in the Chattanooga marketplace: Erlanger Health System. The new five-year partnership agreement is centered on patient care and establishes a new level of ... [Read More]

Controlling Costs Requires Collaboration

One of the benefits of health coverage is the discounted rates that come from visiting an “in-network” health care provider. We negotiate contracts with doctors, hospitals and other facilities on behalf of our members. And because we serve more than 3 million people, we’re able to secure lower rates than what you might pay on your own. It’s an important part of our job as your advocate in the ... [Read More]

Working together on cost and quality solutions

Patient-centered home model

Innovation is the name of the health care game. And even before health care reform became law, we were working to develop value-based, cost-saving payment and delivery systems that will help improve efficiency. Here are just a few of the ways we are working with health care providers to improve the delivery of quality, cost-effective care in Tennessee. Bundled payments – a reimbursement model ... [Read More]