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In Their Quest for Health Equity, Some Insurers Emphasize Mothers and Babies

In Blog by BHI

If we look back on 2020 as the year that thrust racial inequities into the national consciousness, 2021 may be the year we see the tide start to turn. We’re starting to see efforts to address health equity progress across the healthcare ecosystem.  Anthem, the largest of the Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates, announced in August the creation of a …

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Whyzen™ Analytics’ Latest Release Provides Faster Pathways to Healthcare Intelligence

In Blog by BHI

By Sonal Sheth, Senior Director, Product Manager, Whyzen Analytics, and Kelvin Evans, Sales Executive BHI’s enhanced Whyzen™ Analytics platform enables health plans, employers, and brokers to quickly find and act on trends, cost savings, and care improvement opportunities. New guided analytics pathways and a more intuitive interface allow this next-generation reporting and analytics solution to sort through vast healthcare data …

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Artificial Intelligence Saves Payers Time, Money

In Blog by BHI

BHI’s Roxanna Cross was recently interviewed by Managed Healthcare Executive® magazine on the topic of AI, machine learning, and health insurance. The premise was simple: AI can save health plans money while improving care delivery and outcomes. An excerpt follows: “At Blue Health Intelligence (BHI), which provides clinical data expertise for Blues plans around the United States, programmers attacked the …

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From Coronavirus Pandemic to Mental Health Epidemic

In Blog by Mary Henderson, PhD, Executive Vice President, Sales and Product Innovation

How employers are handling the mental health challenges of employees in the wake of COVID-19 The public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic may have saved millions from dying of the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen. But, according to researchers, the lockdowns, social distancing, and masking also had a significant impact on people’s mental health. COVID-19 was particularly hard on young adults and …

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Health Plans Required to Provide Price Comparison Tool by January 2022

In Blog by BHI

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 …

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

In Blog by BHI

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 …

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Suspected and Actual Infant Child Abuse Cases Increase During the Pandemic, According to Medical Encounter Data

In Blog by BHI

New findings by BHI add to the increasing evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to contain it have taken a terrible toll on children.  In the interest of understanding the pandemic’s impact on children, BHI examined pediatric trends for 2020. We found that in the previous year, the trend in the cost of an ED visit for children under …

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

In Blog by Mary Henderson, PhD, Executive Vice President, Sales and Product Innovation

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 …

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

In Blog by BHI

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 …

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Transparent, Meaningful Physician Performance Metrics

In Blog by BHI

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 …