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Anthem Blue Cross in California Provides More Members With Access to Comprehensive Transparency Tool
Date:6/3/2009

d get information on how frequently facilities perform each procedure. All of these factors combined can assist the member in carefully assessing the care they seek.

"Ultimately, we want Anthem Care Comparison to create well-informed consumers of health care," said Dr. Kurt Tamaru, M.D., an Anthem Medical Director. "Creating well-informed consumers, employers, physicians and hospital providers is an important element of transparency, and an essential step in transforming the consumers' role in their own health care."

Anthem Care Comparison is a primary feature of the company's 360 degree Health(R) program, one of the most robust benefits programs in the health benefits industry to comprehensively address preventive care, health improvement and care coordination. It provides health information collected from physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals to members through a single point of contact. It integrates all care management programs and tools into a centralized, consumer-friendly resource that assists members in navigating the health care system, using their health benefits and providing information to help them access comprehensive and appropriate care. 360 degree Health helps members access a wide range of services including online wellness and lifestyle programs, discounts on health-related products and alternative medicine therapies, and 24-hour access to health care professionals who can provide health information.

Anthem's parent company is taking the Care Comparison tool to unaffiliated Blue Plan members nationwide. Last December, it announced plans to collaboratively partner with four Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield plans across the country to provide access to this consumer-friendly health care cost information. Through similar partnerships, the company is heading toward establishing the Care Comparison tool as a national Blue standard.

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