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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Honors Health and Education Services, Inc. with its Third Health Care Excellence Award at Annual Quality Forum
Date:10/30/2009

Visiting Nurse Hospice, a provider of home health services to communities north and northwest of Boston, was honored for reducing its rehospitalization rates from 29% to 17% within two years, the lowest in the state, while caring for an aging population that increasingly struggles with chronic conditions such as stroke, diabetes, emphysema, heart disease, and hypertension. This accomplishment has significantly reduced health care costs while improving the quality of life for patients living with chronic disease.

Health & Education Services, Inc. is a large behavioral health network, which is part of an integrated system of health care; Northeast Health Systems, Inc. HES provides a wide range of community based mental health, substance abuse, and prevention services to Massachusetts' greater North Shore and lower Merrimack Valley residents. The organization promotes the well being that builds healthy individuals, families, and communities through the integration of quality health, behavioral health, education, and human service programs. For more information visit: http://www.hes-inc.org

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (www.bluecrossma.com) was founded 72 years ago by a group of community-minded business leaders. Today, headquartered in Boston, BCBSMA provides coverage to approximately 3 million members. BCBSMA believes in rewarding doctors and hospitals for delivering safe and effective care, and in empowering patients to take more responsibility, become educated health care consumers and become stronger partners with their doctors. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

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