Navigation Links
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Launches Integrated Medical-Dental Health Program
Date:2/7/2008

CHICAGO, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) today announced the launch of BlueCare Dental Connection(SM), a new integrated medical-dental program. This unique program compares individuals' medical and dental data to create customized plans designed to improve their health. This approach is designed to help users optimize their overall health by helping them make better decisions about their oral health based on evidence-based research and information.

Research continues to show a potential link between oral care and overall health. Through BlueCare Dental Connection, BCBSIL can utilize medical and dental claim information to identify and reach out to members at risk for health conditions complicated by dental disease, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and pregnancy. In addition, BCBSIL can reach out to select members determined to be at risk for dental caries or periodontal (gum) disease in an effort to minimize or prevent these dental conditions early on. The goal of the BlueCare Dental Connection program, which is available at no additional cost to members who carry BCBSIL medical and dental insurance, is to help members identify potential opportunities for dental health intervention and prevention and realize the benefits to their overall health.

Targeted intervention to these at-risk members will be accomplished through online tools and information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Web site.

"This program is both critical to maintaining our members' overall health and assisting us in reducing increasing health care costs," said Dr. Timothy Custer, dental director for Dental Network of America (DNoA). "By combining online support tools with a coordinated outreach component, BCBSIL can target members most in need of education and intervention."

BCBSIL is launching an educational content Web page called "The Dental Wellness Center" at http://www.bcbsil.com/employer/newsupdate/bc_dental_connection.htm. The site will host current educational articles, as well as information on specific medical conditions and their relationship to oral health, along with feature rich tools.

"Consumers have a growing need for dental information," continued Dr. Custer. "That is why we have added the Dental Wellness Center, with features such as 'Ask-a-Dentist,' which allows members to receive answers to general clinical questions via email within 24 hours of their submission. In addition, 'Dental Cost Advisor' allows BCBSIL members convenient access to average price ranges for dental services, based on location."

With more than seven million members, BCBSIL, a division of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), a mutual legal reserve company, is the largest health insurance company in Illinois. BCBSIL is committed to promoting the health and wellness of its members and its communities through accessible, cost-effective, quality health care. HCSC is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

DNoA is a separate company and wholly-owned subsidiary of HCSC. DNoA acts as the administrator for all BCBSIL dental programs, including BlueCare Dental Connection, providing comprehensive administrative support. DNoA also offers services in proprietary network development, actuarial, underwriting, marketing and sales support to their clients. Dental products are administered for groups with as few as two employees to thousands of employees. DNoA currently works with over 91,000 dentist access points nationally, ensuring high quality and affordable dental care to its members and clients.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. American Red Cross Responds to Tornadoes in the Southeast
2. Death Rates From Cardiovascular Causes Vary Widely Across Europe
3. Massive American Red Cross Tornado Relief Effort Spans Five States
4. HealthCare Partners Physicians Join Blue Cross of California Power Select HMO Network
5. Red Cross Partners with YeePay on China Snow Disaster Relief
6. Independence Blue Cross Offers New Free Fitness Program to Medicare Members
7. Key Risk Factors for Suicide Consistent Across Globe
8. Heart-Shaped Light Displays on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Building Show Support for American Heart Month, National Wear Red Day
9. Crossing the species line
10. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Says Guaranteed Access Provisions of Insurance Reform Bills Protect Michigan Consumers Twice-Over
11. Fernandez Appointed to Blue Cross Foundation Board
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/8/2016)... AUSTIN (PRWEB) , ... February 08, 2016 , ... Remember ... next time. , According to Perry A~, author of “Calcium Bentonite Clay” the ... a key role in balancing and detoxifying the body. , A former motivational speaker, ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... 50% lower incidence rate of type 2 diabetes in the GrassrootsHealth cohort with ... time to make a change in public health,” states Carole Baggerly, Director of ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... , ... February 08, 2016 , ... Guruji Mahendra Kumar ... 10th and 11th, 2016 in honor of his birthday on February 10th. During ... Mahendra Trivedi is known by over 250,000 people from over 40 different countries ...
(Date:2/7/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 07, 2016 , ... Women's Excellence ... National Wear Red Day. National Wear Red Day is the first Friday each ... Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – ...
(Date:2/6/2016)... ... 2016 , ... US Sports Camps is proud to sponsor the Bay Area ... top non-profit leaders, ultimate organizations, and coaches from around the US. The theme for ... Program Director of Youth and Education, describes this year YUCC as “an important conversation ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/8/2016)... 8, 2016 http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/fqx6nz/global_skin ... "Global Skin Protective Equipment Market 2016-2020" report ... http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/fqx6nz/global_skin ) has announced the addition of the ... report to their offering. --> ... announced the addition of the "Global Skin ...
(Date:2/8/2016)...   Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc. today announced the ... the newly created role of Vice President, Head of ... two decades of leadership experience at leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology, ... medical center. Most recently Dr. Yee served as VP, ... Head Medical Officer at AstraZeneca, where he led medical ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... 2016  The University of Michigan Health System in ... as part of the development of four new operating ... in the U.S. to start using new top-of-the-line neurosurgical ... chair of neurosurgery. --> Karin Muraszko ... The BrightMatter technology from Synaptive Medical – a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: