September 26, 2015 |
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association on Thursday unveiled an expanded database that will help individual Blues, like Philadelphia's Independence, drill down into the cost of care for their corporate customers who have operations nationwide. "We as Blues are taking seriously the challenge of, while maintaining our individual nature, being seen as a national player," said Daniel J. Hilferty, chief executive of Independence Health Group, parent of Independence Blue Cross. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, whose members cover 105 million Americans, has maintained a claims database for a decade, and Independence has contributed for years.
August 24, 2015 |
The tsunami of mergers announced last month - Aetna's purchase of Humana and Anthem's purchase of Cigna - is expected to transform the health insurance industry, if the deals survive antitrust scrutiny by regulators. The consolidation will create three national giants, including UnitedHealth Group Inc., each with more than $100 billion in annual revenue, and add to the pressure on smaller Blue Cross-Blue Shield operators to merge. But don't count Independence Blue Cross, the region's largest health insurer and a major Center City employer, among those on the ropes.
May 27, 2015
ISSUE | SCHOOLS Priorities skewed It's ironic that the School District is spending more than $1.37 million to suppress an employee's freedom of speech while one of its neighborhood schools, with which I am familiar - Emlen Elementary - has to rely on charity and volunteers to provide its students with a school library ("Blow the whistle," May 21). |Deborah Grill, Philadelphia ISSUE | NEW JAIL Different pocket Although Jim Kenney objects to building a new House of Correction because the schools need the money, the funds to build would come from the capital budget - not the operating budget, where money for school funding emanates.
December 28, 2014 |
Independence Blue Cross on Friday disclosed a data breach affecting 12,500 of its more than 2.5 million members. Unlike most high-profile cases of personal data loss, such as the one at Target stores last year affecting 70 million people, the IBC case did not involve computers. The incident happened in October, when maintenance workers threw out four boxes of member records that were supposed to be moved from one floor to another at IBC's offices, the company said Friday in a legal notice.
November 21, 2014
ISSUE | CULTURE Back to childhood I completely agree with a recent letter writer's view of what in my assessment has become the Taney Dragons Little League fiasco ("Young needlessly caught up in fame game," Nov. 13). The publicity about the team's on-field and subsequent exploits has transcended all logic, reasonableness, and newsworthiness. Most importantly, it has the potential to permanently damage the kids involved psychologically - especially the featured star. Let's put a stop to yet another example of our culture's sports madness and protect the Dragons.
August 19, 2014 |
GEORDETTA Stiles-Middleton didn't like to lose touch with people. And the telephone was her favorite instrument of connection. "She could spend hours on the phone with family and friends, reminiscing, gossiping," said her husband, Wayne Middleton. "She liked to keep in touch with people she knew in school and at work. " Geordetta Stiles-Middleton, a devoted mother and active churchwoman, died Aug. 8. She was 42. She had had some health issues, but the cause of death was not determined.
July 10, 2014 |
Independence Blue Cross has partnered with Philadelphia University to augment its in-house innovation program. Employees of the health insurer can attend a four-week customized leadership program, "A Primer on Innovation," developed by Philadelphia University. The coursework, which leads to a certificate, can be applied to a master's degree at the university, the insurer said. So far, 1,000 IBC employees have participated in some aspect of innovation training and, as a result, developed Independence IQ, an educational game used to acquaint consumers with the federal Affordable Care Act. email@example.com 215-854-2769 @JaneVonBergen www.inquirer.com/jobbing
March 14, 2014 |
YOU MIGHT have run into Bob Pettigrew in a pool hall, on a SEPTA train, on the street, or catching a lunchtime smoke outside his workplace. Wherever, you couldn't miss Bob Pettigrew in his natty attire, and after he gave you his customary hug, you could smell his cologne long after you parted. There was no doubt that Bob was a people person. He enjoyed people, had a ton of friends, and seemed always to run into somebody he knew, no matter where he went. Robert Leon Pettigrew Jr., who worked in the program department of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and formerly was employed by the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and Southwest Airlines, an Army veteran and devoted family man, died March 4 of an aneurysm.
January 26, 2014 |
More than 52,000 people signed up with Independence Blue Cross for individual health plans that started Jan. 1 under the Affordable Care Act. Independence, the region's largest health insurer, with 13 plans on the marketplace, reported enrolling 52,278 people from Oct. 1, when healthcare.gov opened, through Dec. 24, the last day to buy for the new year. Aetna, which has 12 plans, does not have enrollment numbers at this time, a spokesperson said. Just over half of Independence's new members - 27,528 - went through the federal marketplace; 24,750 of them used the company's website, telesales, or the mobile Independence Express and brokers.
November 29, 2013 |
Responding to New Jersey's decision late Tuesday allowing insurers to continue health policies that are scheduled for cancellation, the state's largest carrier said that doing so under the guidelines would not be a viable option for most plans in the individual market because of cost. The immediate effect of the announcement by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey was unclear. Millions of policies are being canceled nationwide, in many cases because they do not meet the Affordable Care Act's minimum standards.