New Jersey-based insurer Conner Strong has selected Brentwood-based Onlife Health as its wellness partner. Through the deal, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee subsidiary will provide its personal health coaching and interactive tools to Conner Strong's customers, starting with 35,000 lives in the New Jersey Health Joint Insurance Funds.
"It all comes down to improving the health of our clients' businesses," said Conner Strong EVP Joseph DiBella. "By partnering with Onlife we are now able to offer our clients an extensive platform of services that will measurably improve the health of their workforce and ultimately the health of their bottom line."For more on Onlife, click here and here.
Feb 16, 2011 1:46 PM
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has launched a mobile version of its website, called BlueAccess, to allow its more than 3 million plan members to view coverage information on the go.
“Now anywhere our members are, so is their health plan. Whether they’re standing in line at the pharmacy, watching their kids’ soccer game, or traveling, information is literally in the palm of their hands,” said Janet McConnell, director of brand strategy and new media for BlueCross. “This is the next evolution in providing the best value and convenience to our members. BlueCross mobile Web provides them with the data they need to make informed decisions about their insurance while on the go.”The site will let users view their benefit plan details, create alerts to show their remaining coverage for their plan year, and more.
Feb 1, 2011 7:07 AM
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is continuing to build its patient-centered medical home strategy by deploying IT systems to some of its local providers. The SmartTransitions system from Performance Clinical Systems, first installed for Holston Medical Group in Kingsport, helps physicians create patient discharge plans and follow-up with patients to help reduce readmissions.
"With recent studies showing readmission rates as high as 20 percent within 30 days of leaving the hospital and with our associated costs for these readmissions being as much as $60 million a year, we believe creating a link between inpatient and outpatient care teams is critical for improving outcomes and satisfaction for our members, as well as for those who pay the bill," said Dr. Robert Mandel, senior vice president of health care services for BlueCross. "We aim to empower all participants in the transition of care workflow with an easily embraced solution that not only supports evidence-based medicine, but makes care related information accessible in a much more timely manner than traditional processes."
Jan 27, 2011 9:51 AM
Vicky Gregg, the CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, has been elected to the board of directors of First Horizon National Corp., the parent of First Tennessee Bank. Gregg has headed up BlueCross, which provides health benefits to more than 24,000 companies, since February 2003.
"She has agreed to share with us her many years of executive experience in the health care industry, which is so important given the growing impact that health care will have on First Horizon and its customers. She also brings extensive experience from serving on the boards of numerous non-profit and trade organizations and broad knowledge of how to run a large company."
Jan 20, 2011 7:55 AM
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee yesterday announced a partnership with HealthCompare, a California company created in '09 to help individuals and families research, compare, buy and enroll in health insurance plans. The partnership supports BlueCross' PersonalBlue program, creating a system where users can enter their information and receive "instant quotes online based on Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s local offerings and provider network."
Jan 13, 2011 7:45 AM
Franklin company, Metro Schools to pay physicians, TMA
Dec 8, 2010 2:46 PM
Carly Harrington at the News Sentinel writes that BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee putting cash behind its push toward healthier lifestyles by picking up the tab for social-media groups focused on running, cycling and the like.
The company will be featuring its different Meetup groups on the BlueCross Facebook page and highlighting their calendars. In early November, it will begin an ad campaign promoting them. "We see so much potential. You can really see the results," Tedeschi said.
Nov 1, 2010 7:45 AM
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will offer Healthways' SilverSneakers program to its 93,000 Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plan members across the state starting Jan. 1.
“We are pleased BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will be providing this important program, SilverSneakers, to its Medicare members,” said Ben R. Leedle, Jr., Healthways CEO. “While regular exercise is a crucial part of healthy living for people of all ages, it is particularly effective in preventing or more effectively managing chronic diseases for older adults."
Oct 26, 2010 2:55 PM
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has launched a Pandora radio station with tunes you can work out to — including an option for moving at 100 percent exertion.
“We want, not only our members, but all Tennesseans to get the most out of their workouts, whether it’s at the gym, in the yard or spending time with their families,” said Janet McConnell, director of brand strategy and new media for BlueCross. “Music helps us get in the mood to work out and motivates us to keep going when we feel like quitting.”Pandora is an Internet radio service that uses the Music Genome Project letting users create customized stations based on the artists, songs and albums they like while weeding out what they don't like. BlueCross — noting its station is the first ever health insurance-sponsored Pandora channel — said its offering a broad mix of music that should appeal to all tastes, ranging from hip-hop and rock to indie and dance genres.
Oct 7, 2010 10:22 AM
Former LifePoint COO heading government, commercial units
Sep 30, 2010 10:05 AM