Navigation Links
Blue Cross Puts New Online Shopping Tool in Hands of Consumers
Date:3/16/2009

Care Comparison reveals price, value of common elective medical procedures

EAGAN, Minn., March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers can now easily find accurate health care cost and quality information through Care Comparison(R), a new online tool introduced today by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Care Comparison allows nearly two million Blue Cross members in Minnesota to evaluate total treatment costs as well as quality, safety and accessibility information for dozens of common elective procedures at facilities throughout the country. Blue Cross members can search online for the most costly and common procedures -- such as joint replacements, tonsillectomies or MRIs -- and make informed health care decisions for themselves and family members. Five Blue Cross companies have collaborated to make this tool available to 22 million members throughout the country.

Until now it has been difficult to find useful health care cost and quality information in one tool because it's very difficult to gather and display this type of health care information. "Increasingly consumers are being called on to spend more of their own out-of-pocket money for health care, so knowing what they are getting for their dollar is critical to their decision making," said Richard Neuner, chief marketing officer, Blue Cross. "We want members to be able to make more informed choices about their health and health care spending. Members increasingly have more of their own money at stake and therefore we have provided an easy way to make health care comparisons so they get their money's worth."

Care Comparison takes unique "packaged" events of care and provides data on all related services and not just the cost of the procedure itself. For example, a package of care for surgery could include charges for the surgeon's services, lab work performed, anesthesia and use of the facility. All Care Comparison results are based on actual Blue Cross member claims. "Because these costs are based on recent claims data, members can be confident in estimating their share of the out-of-pocket costs before having the procedure done," stated Neuner.

The tool provides a range of costs for more than 30 medical procedures performed at hospitals, outpatient surgery centers and radiological facilities in 17 states. In addition to providing costs, Care Compare offers nationwide quality information for an additional 150 procedures. In addition to providing costs, Care Comparison offers nationwide quality information for an additional 150 procedures.

Care Comparison allows consumers to compare up to 10 facilities at a time -- on either cost or quality -- for inpatient procedures. And for outpatient procedures, the tool lists up to 100 different facilities.

The tool provides customized reports using factors that a consumer indicates are important to them, such as patient satisfaction, length of stay, complication rates, number of patients treated, and safety and mortality rates. Consumers can then determine what facility best meets their needs for elective, non-emergency procedures. For example, if someone plans on having knee replacement surgery, Care Comparison would be able to find a price range for the entire procedure as well as estimate their out-of-pocket costs. Additionally, Care Comparison could determine which facility has completed the most surgeries, specify the number of patients with complications and list how previous patients ranked the facility.

"Care Comparison addresses a consumer need to make health care spending decisions based not on cost alone, but on overall value -- cost, quality, safety, convenience and the entire experience," added Neuner. "This is a big step forward in health care transparency. Because the information will be so broadly available, we think providers will ultimately be encouraged to strive for the best quality outcomes. Care Comparison allows Blue Cross members to shop for the right care on their terms -- here in Minnesota and throughout the country."

Blue Cross members can use Care Comparison at members.bluecrossmn.com.

For a demonstration of the tool, please contact jean_m_miller@bluecrossmn.com.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota's first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. A nonprofit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.8 million members in Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by its affiliated companies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. Go to bluecrossmn.com to learn more about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Each BlueCross and Blue Shield plan is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Breast cancer prevention practices vary across Canada
2. S.C. BlueCross Creates Corporate Planning Unit, Promotes Davis to Vice President
3. S.C. BlueCross to Integrate Care Management with Personal Health Record in Real Time
4. BlueCare(R) Family Plan, a HUSKY Health Plan from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut, Raises Awareness, Funds and Diapers for New Haven Diaper Bank
5. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Corrects News Story about Drug Coverage Announcement
6. Independence Blue Cross Makes Music for Members Ears
7. Hundreds of RNs from Across U.S. and World to Join California Nurses Association/NNOC National Convention
8. Sean P. McLaughlin Joins Red Cross as Chief of Operations Support
9. Harvard Researchers Select S.C. BlueCross for National Honor
10. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Introduces New Health Plan Comparison Tool for Consumers
11. Blue Cross and Blue Shield Initiatives Recognized for Increasing Patient Safety and Efficiency
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS) ... found at 9618 Huebner Road. The clinic is the group’s 7th location in San ... Dr. Ali Higgins, PT, will provide care from the clinic, which opened March 22, ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... Society (ONS) wanted to create a communications platform that positions them as the ... Elliance and ONS reinvented their online publication as an always-on, always-fresh news, views ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... Gastro ... their partnership to prep patients for colonoscopy at the HyGIeaCare® Center that is ... Ave., Miami, FL. , The HyGIeaCare® Prep, cleared by the U.S. ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 24, 2017 , ... “Vintage and ... a retired minister and college Bible teacher residing in North Carolina with his wife, ... who have blessed them with six grandchildren. David is also the author of “Shadow ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... The physicians of KSF Orthopaedic ... greater Houston Area. The new location is located at 2255 E. Mossy Oaks Rd., ... Village. This newest location will provide patients living in the north Houston area (The ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... March 24, 2017 New England Pediatric Device ... an award including funding and in-kind service towards the ... "Making blood draws less traumatic for ... whole hospital experience better.  We,re looking forward to working ... help improve care for the kids we treat," said ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... 2017 Research and Markets has announced ... Consumer Strategies" report to their offering. ... Pain Management in ... treat their physical pain, emphasizing consumer survey analysis, including trends ... and adults who have selected illnesses/conditions strongly associated with physical ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... 2017 ShangPharma, a leading life ... drug development and discovery services, technology, and ... announced today the intent for a strategic ... consolidating the Contract Research Organizations (CRO) and ... These entities include ChemPartner Shanghai, ChemPartner Fengxian, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: