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Posted on Jan 3, 2017 (13 days ago)

The Boston Globe

Seniors face big hikes for Blue Cross Medicare
The Boston Globe
The increases for Medicare Advantage customers of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts range from $10 a month to about $60 a month, depending on the plan. Blue Cross said it had to raise premiums to make up for a decline in federal reimbursements ...
Premiums jump as much as one-third for customers of Blue Cross Blue Shield of MassachusettsMassLive.com

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Posted on Jan 4, 2017 (12 days ago)

Newsweek

Mass. health care groups mobilize against threat to Obamacare
The Boston Globe
“If the ACA is repealed and if the federal government is looking to reduce the investments in health care across the country, we suspect that those dollars would be at risk,” said Audrey Shelto, president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts ...
Mass. Health Care Leaders Warn About Obamacare RollbackNew England Public Radio
Republicans and Democrats close ranks for first major fight over Obamacare repealKATV

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Posted on Jan 13, 2017 (3 days ago)

Boston Business Journal

These Massachusetts firms are pressing Trump to combat climate change
Boston Business Journal
Among the 57 Massachusetts companies that signed on to Ceres' effort: Biogen (Nasdaq: BIIB), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Staples Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS). Other significant firms on the list include VMWare, General Mills Inc., Gap Inc. and ...

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Posted on Jan 10, 2017 (6 days ago)

The Boston Globe

Could changing the way doctors are paid help narrow health disparities?
The Boston Globe
Blue Cross was the first Massachusetts insurer to shift its payment model, with the launch of what is called the Alternative Quality Contract in 2009. The contract has grown to include roughly 800,000 people, most of them in health maintenance ...
Payment model improves care for patients from lower socioeconomic backgroundsPR Newswire (press release)

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Posted on Jan 10, 2017 (6 days ago)

MassLive.com

Additional Springfield schools receive funding to fight 'physical inactivity epidemic'
MassLive.com
SPRINGFIELD -- Four Springfield schools have received over $20,000 in funding from Build Our Kids' Success and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to get kids physically active before the school day begins. Chestnut Accelerated Middle School, Mary ...


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Posted on Jan 14, 2017 (2 days ago)

Alternative payment model boosts quality of care for low-income patients
Science Daily
The program, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' Alternative Quality Contract (AQC), launched in 2009, is a population-based payment model. It pays health care providers a lump sum to cover all the costs of a person's care, in contrast with ...


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Posted today (11 hours ago)

Alternative payment model improved quality of care for some patients
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The program, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' Alternative Quality Contract (AQC), is a population-based model that pays health care providers a lump sum to cover all the costs of a patient's care, as opposed to traditional systems, which pay ...

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Posted on Jan 10, 2017 (6 days ago)

WBUR

New Insurer Payment Method Tries To Close Health Gaps And Save Money09:29
WBUR
A new study from Harvard Medical School finds that the "alternative quality contract," a new way to pay for health care developed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, is helping keep health costs down while also making people healthier ...


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Posted today (14 hours ago)

Opioid epidemic must be addressed from all angles
American Medical Association (blog)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts in 2011 examined their data and found that they had a couple of opportunities to address the epidemic. They looked at people using short- and long-acting pain medications and saw that they could intervene at the ...


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Posted on Jan 6, 2017 (10 days ago)

GE, Merck and others invest $30M in Burlington health care IT company
Boston Business Journal
Burlington-based health care data company Arcadia Healthcare Solutions has raised $30 million from a number of investors, including GE, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Merck subsidiaries. Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, GE Ventures ...


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