Blues on the Radio: the Live Downtown Games, UV safety and more in July

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is pleased to collaborate with its four Live Downtown partners (Compuware, Quicken Loans, Strategic Staffing Solutions and DTE Energy) to bring the first Live Downtown Games to life in downtown Detroit. The daily events, which celebrate the July 25, 2012 one-year anniversary of the Live Downtown program, will be a central point of discussion when Blues personalities take to the local airwaves in July.

The Healthier Michigan Radio Show

This month the spotlight is on some of the Blues’ partnerships and efforts downtown with Detroit’s Live Downtown Games and the Live Downtown initiative. Host Ann Thomas, of WJR-AM, convenes a full house of guests who all share a passion for Detroit:

  • Grace Derocha, registered dietitian and health coach, BCBSM
  • Tom Anderson, director of Wellness and Work Life, Compuware
  • Stephanie Stevenson, vice president of benefits, Quicken Loans
  • Carl Bentley, senior vice president, Strategic Staffing Solutions
  • Susan Bailey, manager of Wellness & Health Promotion, DTE Energy

The hour-long show will be available online or as a podcast after July 16, or be sure to tune in to it on the air on the following stations:

  • WJR in Detroit — 7-8 p.m. Monday, July 16
  • WJIM-AM in Lansing — 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 10
  • WTCM-FM in Traverse City — 9-10 p.m. Monday, July 9
  • WOOD-AM in Grand Rapids — 9-10 p.m. Sunday, July 8
  • WATZ-AM in Alpena — 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday, July 25

Tricia Keith

Live Downtown Games featured on ‘Destination 313’

Tricia Keith, the Blues’ vice president, Corporate Secretary and Services, will be a guest on Quicken Loans’ “Desination 313” radio show on WJR with hosts Paul W. Smith and Stephen Luigi Piazza, Quicken’s vice president. Daily events will take place July 23-27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the central business district of downtown Detroit, with medals awarded daily and a Live Downtown Games champion crowned at the end of the week. (We’ll be talking more about the Games here in future blog posts.)

Listen for Keith’s appearance when the show airs at 7 p.m. Friday, July 20, or visit the Destination 313 website for a podcast version after the show airs.

On the Lansing, Saginaw airwaves

Kevin Klobucar

Joining the Blues on the Radio this month is guest Kevin Klobucar, president and CEO of Blue Care Network. Kevin chats with Johnny Burke of WHNN-FM in Saginaw and Stephanie McCoy of WITL-FM in Lansing about Healthy Blue Xtras, BCN’s new HMO Health Savings Account plan, and how the Blues work with the best hospitals and doctors in Michigan to enhance the quality of health care, reduce costs and improve health outcomes.

Tigers Radio

Andrew Hetzel, BCBSM’s vice president of Corporate Communications, joins play-by-play caller Dan Dickerson each Sunday throughout the month on the Detroit Tigers Radio Network. This month Hetzel discusses UV safety, the BCN HMO HSA plan, Keep Fit, a new individual plan from BCBSM, and more.

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Blue Care Network’s Growing Upper Peninsula Network Offers More Ways to Get Healthy, Save Money

Blue Care Network has expanded its provider and hospital network to Houghton County, making it the third county in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where residents can select from the Healthy Blue LivingSM suite of wellness-based HMO plans.

BCN is offering its Healthy Blue Living and Healthy Blue Living RewardsSM plans to groups enrolling at least 50 members.

Group customers that sponsor either of the two products have saved an average of 5 to 7 percent on premiums compared to other PPO products. More than 70 percent of members of the HBL are living healthy and have earned enhanced benefits, where they save most on premiums.

Healthy Blue Living, which is celebrating its fifth year of helping members get healthier, offers lower health care costs to members in exchange for committing to work toward key heath targets, such as Body Mass Index and blood pressure readings.

Similarly, Healthy Blue Living Rewards is an outcomes-based HMO that offers lower insurance costs when members achieve improved health results.

The expansion into Houghton County adds 11 primary care physicians, 84 specialists and Portage Health Hospital in Houghton to BCN’s growing U.P. network. BCN is now accepted in Mackinac, Marquette and Houghton counties.

BCN officially expanded its provider network in to the U.P. Oct. 1, 2011 with the addition of Marquette County. (Mackinac County had previously been included as part of the HMO’s West and Northern Michigan network.) The company hopes to further expand its Upper Peninsula network in 2012.

For more information, visit MiBCN.com or read the news release. You can also view a map of BCN’s service area.

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Embracing Diversity Makes Michigan Stronger

Blues President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp.

Diversity is good business.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan this week hosted its annual Supplier Diversity Achievement Awards program, a combination awards ceremony and networking event that gives the company a chance to say “thank you” to the vendors that help it succeed.

The company gave out awards to seven women- and minority-owned businesses whose services have been invaluable to the success of the Blues and its subsidiaries — Blue Care Network, Accident Fund Holdings, Inc., and LifeSecure. Another four awards went to Blues’ staff members and departments for excellence in achieving corporate supplier diversity achievement goals.

It’s the seventh consecutive year of celebrating partnerships with companies that reflect the makeup of the communities we serve and share the Blues’ focus on operational excellence.

In 2011, BCBSM spent $175 million with 182 women- and minority-owned suppliers. These business help the company strengthen its information technology and compliance capabilities, lower administrative costs, reduce risk and focus on its mission of providing access to quality health care to anyone who needs it.

Forging ties with diverse, homegrown businesses is one example of how Blue Cross is committed to strengthening Michigan and its core cities. Another is our ongoing move to the Renaissance Center, which will conclude in June when our downtown Detroit workforce will stand at 6,300 people.

In moving 3,000 employees to the RenCen, and including the Accident Fund’s move into a former power plant in Lansing, Blue Cross spent more than $22.5 million with nine different women- or minority-owned businesses last year. Several of them, including Wireless Resources Inc. of Madison Heights and Alliance Technology Solutions LLC of Lake Orion, received awards Wednesday.

It’s all a reflection of the Blues’ commitment to Michigan, which has now stood for 73 years.

“I think it’s a real partnership that we have,” Daniel J. Loepp, the Blues’ president and CEO, told attendees at the awards program. “It is part of our fiber, part of our culture at Blue Cross to be part of the community and I am proud of that.”

Check out a slideshow from the awards program below.

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New HMO Plan Gives Michigan Consumers the Freedom to Self-Refer to Any Doctor: In or Out of Network

State of Michigan Welcome SignBlue Care Network’s new HMO plan allows patients to self-refer to any doctor whether the doctor is in or outside the network.

In most HMOs, a network of contracted doctors and hospitals provides health care to HMO members who select a primary care physician. This primary care physician then provides and coordinates medical care. Traditionally, HMOs, or health maintenance organizations, do not provide coverage for medical services considered out of network. When health care is not coordinated through the HMO member’s primary care physician, the patient assumes responsibility for the total cost.

Blue Care Network’s Blue Elect Plus HMO is different.

Member-Driven

Blue Elect Plus allows members to self-refer to any doctor without a referral, giving employees more freedom of choice than traditional HMOs. It is replacing the Blue Elect Self-Referral OptionSM, which offers limited self-referrals to BCN-approved doctors.

With BCN’s Blue Elect Plus no referrals are needed – ever – whether the doctor is in or out of network. Members pay the least when a doctor or service provider is in BCN’s network.

Managed Care Made Flexible

We heard from Blues agents that customers love the benefits of managed care but wanted a product that offers more flexibility, explained Kathleen Pierce, BCN product development manager.

All in all, we think we have a product that’s right for groups of all sizes, across Michigan, according to Pierce. In one week since launch, agent feedback has been 100 percent positive. “We’re committed to developing the right products at the right time.”

Attractive and Affordable

To make Blue Elect Plus even more attractive, the company rolled in 100 percent coverage of some popular benefits.

Blue Care Network and BCBSM

Blue Care Network is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s subsidiary that administers HMO plans for customers. An HMO is a type of managed care organization that focuses on maintaining and improving health.

Other BCN products for individuals include BlueCaid, MyBlue Medigapsm and OneBluesm. For employers and group customers, BCN has several options, including:

To find an agent who can help you select the right health insurance plan for you or your business, contact us.

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