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September 2007 Blue Shield Spotlight


Insights & Opinions

New Plan Designs Expected to Reduce Cost of Health Care
With the U.S. leading the world in healthcare spending, you need plan options to help control costs while providing quality coverage. Get the details on plan designs that support the need for quality, accessibility, and affordability.
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Blue Shield of California Awards $31 Million in Pay-for-performance Programs
Blue Shield of California awards $31 million in bonuses to medical groups and IPAs in California based on performance in such areas as quality of healthcare services and patient experience. Rewarding positive performance encourages best practices across the state.» more

Product & Service Updates

  • » Earn a $20 bonus per member for midsize groups.
    We will pay you $20 per member above standard commissions for new, fully underwritten employer group medical coverage accounts of 51 to 299 eligible employees that are sold with effective dates between September 1, 2007, and January 1, 2008. Terms and conditions apply.
  • Encouraging Generic Drug Use
    Pharmacy Services recently notified members taking 12 non-formulary drugs in four therapeutic classes of a cost-saving opportunity if they switch to suggested generic alternatives. Members also received a coupon to cover their copayments for their first month of their generic prescription.

Focus on Health Plan Design Paying off for Employers

September 2007 | Employee Benefit News

Health care costs are projected to rise more in 2008 than they did this year, but some employers are making progress with cost-containment strategies, according to two studies released yesterday by Hewitt Associates and Towers Perrin.



"Quality Plus" Distinction for Blue Shield of California

NCQA's "Quality Plus" Distinction for Blue Shield's Member Connections and Physician and Hospital Quality proves our commitment to easing the process for members making important healthcare decisions for themselves and their families.


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