December 29, 2015 |
Zamboni driver Kristen Sullivan learned how to run one of the 11,000-pound ice resurfacers while she was a student at the State University of New York in Cortland. The Maple Shade High School graduate went on to complete her degree in Outdoor Recreation with a concentration in Outdoor Leadership while also picking up the ins and outs of the massive ice machine. Now 26, Sullivan is putting all of that learning to good use, working full-time running a recess leadership program at a Northeast Philadelphia elementary school and spending nights and weekends at the Blue Cross RiverRink.
December 19, 2015 |
No matter who wins next year's presidential election, it's a sure bet that the new leader will want to tinker with the Affordable Care Act, says Independence Blue Cross CEO Daniel J. Hilferty. And when it happens, Hilferty wants to be at the table. "From a Blue insurers' perspective, we want it to work," said Hilferty, who, effective immediately, will become board chairman of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association of America. The job, while unpaid, comes with clout. The association provides health insurance to 105 million people, or a third of the nation, through 36 Blue Cross and Blue Shield member companies, including Independence, this region's largest insurer.
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