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Anthem Blue Cross Introduces Industry's Most Comprehensive Transparency Initiative to California
Date:5/19/2008

Anthem's Care Comparison Tool Gives Anthem Members in six California counties - Los Angeles, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, the Most Complete Picture of Costs Associated with Medical

Procedures

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthem Blue Cross in California announced today the expansion of its industry-leading transparency initiative into California. Now, approximately 1.8 million of Anthem Blue Cross members in 6 California counties -- Los Angeles, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, San Francisco, and Santa Clara, have access to Anthem's Care Comparison, an online tool that provides total estimated costs associated with all aspects of nearly 40 specific medical procedures performed at local area hospitals.

In total, the Anthem Care Comparison tool is also expanding today to three other Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield regions giving close to 8 million Anthem members access to the industry's most complete transparency tool available. Currently, 2 million plus members in Wisconsin, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana have access to the tool.

"No other transparency tool in the market today provides the depth of information on the total costs of procedures as Anthem's Care Comparison," said Steve Melody, vice president, health care services of Anthem Blue Cross in California. "Through this tool, our members have access to the costs associated with all aspects of a specific medical procedure -- not just the cost of the procedure itself, but also the costs of the entire spectrum of care, from lab tests to recovery room charges. These facility-specific medical care cost estimates will help our members better understand the overall costs they are likely to incur before a medical service is provided."

In addition, the cost information is facility specific, so members can compare the differences in cost among hospitals, and get information on how frequently faciliti
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