Health Plans Required to Provide Price Comparison Tool by January 2022


At the end of 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) which includes a number of key provisions for health plans. Among them is the requirement that health plans offer a web-based price transparency tool that will communicate expected costs of various services provided in a health plan member’s service area. The tool must provide out-of-pocket costs for these … Read More

Telehealth Use Spikes Amongst Commercially Insured Individuals During the Pandemic, but a Digital Divide Remains


BHI co-authored a recently published study in JAMA Network Open that found almost 24% of privately insured working-age individuals used telehealth for outpatient care in the early phase of the pandemic compared to just 0.3% during the same time in 2019. However, persons living in areas with limited social resources were significantly less likely to use telehealth, suggesting barriers to … Read More

Top Five Ways COVID-19 has Changed Employers’ Approach to Health Benefits

Mary Henderson, senior vice president, Product Management and Business InnovationBlog

After more than a year of dealing with the ramifications of COVID-19, employers anticipate feeling the impact of the pandemic for years to come. The past 14 months have changed our interactions with and our assumptions about work. They’ve also changed what employers and employees expect of each other. Additionally, COVID-19 has surfaced some truths about the way employers approach … Read More

Advisory Council Explores COVID-19’s Impact on Commercial Health Insurance Coverage


No Sudden COVID-Related Loss of Employer-Based Insurance, Research Shows

BHI’s Advisory Council members kicked off their research projects this year and in one COVID-19-focused effort, found that research often adds value through counterintuitive findings. BHI Advisory Council members Michael Chernew, PhD, of Harvard University and Vivian Ho, PhD, of Rice University have been looking specifically at COVID’s impact on Blue health insurance disenrollment rates and how the pandemic has … Read More

Transparent, Meaningful Physician Performance Metrics


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana partners with BHI on provider reporting.

Last year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) set out to share actionable, credible, and accurate cost and quality reports with providers. BHI has been partnering with the Plan since March 2020 to design and implement such reports for practitioners in BCBSLA’s Specialty Care Insights program. In delivering enhanced “Provider Index” reports, BCBSLA utilizes BHI’s proprietary Episode of … Read More

Care Analytics News profiles BHI’s Dr. Russ Robbins


“When I left private practice, there was no way to learn other than on the job,” Robbins says. “Now, there are many good healthcare informatics programs. I tell younger colleagues to have some experience of clinical medicine before going into the business side. My knowledge of direct patient care has helped me understand the data and what is or isn’t … Read More

Bringing Women Back to Breast Cancer Screening, Safely and Seamlessly


A year ago, Thrive Earlier Detection (Thrive) won the BlueCross BlueShield Data Innovation Challenge. Healthbox, a HIMSS solution company, collaborated with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and Blue Health Intelligence® (BHI®) to implement that contest. As oncologists gather this week for the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), Healthbox shares recent independent insights from Thrive about breast cancer screening and … Read More