Navigation Links
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Provides Online Physician Quality Information to Members
Date:12/15/2008

Online physician data provides increased transparency

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is providing its members with online physician quality information in an effort to help them make more informed health care decisions.

"Today, more people have greater out-of-pocket expenses and want to know where to obtain the best care at the best price," said Dr. Carey Vinson, Highmark vice president of medical and quality performance management. "Publicly reported quality and cost data, also referred to as 'transparency,' are in high demand, and we're dedicated to giving our group customers and members the information they need to obtain the best health care possible."

Since 2004, Highmark has been reporting national cost and quality data to members via its Web site. Highmark contracts with Subimo, a leader in the health care information field, to provide access to a broad array of publicly reported quality measures.

Highmark's member Web site includes a "Hospital and Physician Quality Measures" link that allows members to view physician ratings, which are based on particular care quality measures. Care is measured on preventive screenings, office visits and recommended tests and procedures for three areas -- diabetes, pediatrics and women's health. The information being displayed is limited to primary care physicians.

Physicians are rated using one, two or three stars. Stars are used to show how the physician's Highmark patient base compares to the Highmark patient base of similar physicians. More stars indicate the physician's Highmark patients have received the specified care at a higher rate than the Highmark patients of his or her peers. Fewer stars do not necessarily indicate poor performance by the physician.

"Quality ratings are one more piece of information to consider when making decisions about choosing a physician," said Vinson, while cautioning members "not to make that decision solely based on this rating or any other individual factor."

Highmark's online provider directory includes board certification; National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognition; and medical school, internship and residency information. Members can also find more useful data such as electronic prescribing ability and use of electronic medical records. An expanded search is available for selecting a physician based on gender, languages spoken and evening or weekend office hours.

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

As one of the state's leading health insurers and with nearly 70 years of community involvement, Pittsburgh-based Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield serves 3.1 million members. The company's mission is to provide access to affordable, quality health care enabling individuals to live longer, healthier lives. Highmark exerts an enormous economic impact throughout Pennsylvania. A recent study states that Highmark's positive impact exceeded $2.5 billion. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield employs more than 5,000 people in the region and provides the resources to give its members a greater hand in their health.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. For more information about Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, visit www.highmark.com.


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

Related medicine news :

1. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Introduces New Health Plan Comparison Tool for Consumers
2. Highmark Blue Shield Introduces New Health Plan Comparison Tool for Consumers
3. The Highmark Foundation Awards $580,000 in Highmark Healthy High 5 Grants to Four Non-Profit Organizations
4. Highmarks Hospital Pay-for-Performance Program Demonstrates Impressive Results
5. National Magazine Ranks Highmark 62nd Among Nations 500 Most Innovative Users of Information Technology
6. Highmark Medicare Services Awarded New Contract from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
7. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Products Ranked Among Americas Best Health Plans(R)
8. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Program Rewards Members for Enhancing Their Healthstyle
9. Highmark Blue Shield Program Rewards Members for Enhancing their Healthstyle
10. The Highmark Foundation Announces $1 Million School Challenge Program
11. Unique Program Means Better Care for Highmark Members
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Healthcare is in ... Botelho advocates for the mass media launching of story movements to highlight what's ... share their unfortunate experiences; such a movement can generate the network power to ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... The Dan Carlisle ... in Jefferson County, is announcing the launch of a charity drive to raise ... of homeless women and children in Birmingham has grown steadily since the 1980’s, ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... 08, 2016 , ... Coffey Agencies, a locally owned and ... in the northern Alabama and Georgia regions, is embarking on a charity drive ... has built a network of support and education facilities to develop and provide ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... "Today, MHA and mental ... mental health systems reform legislation in more than fifty years. We applaud the ... of our elected officials to improving mental health services and supports in our ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... Wavelink, an industry ... Control through a new partnership with Splashtop Inc. This remote control for Android ... to help businesses maximize their uptime and productivity. , Wavelink offers powerful enterprise ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Chromatography ... ... market to grow at a CAGR of 5.42% during the period 2016-2020. ... an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers ... report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... -- Economic growth in the United States will continue in ... in their December 2016 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Expectations are ... in mid-2009, as indicated in the monthly ISM ® ... manufacturing sector is optimistic about growth in 2017, with ... the non-manufacturing sector indicates that 14 of its industries ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , Dec. 8, 2016 Noom, Inc., ... it will charge enterprise customers only when their members ... the health and wellness sector, which typically charges for ... - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161207/446824LOGO ... the power of technology with the empathy of live ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: