Blues plan to help overhaul U.S. healthcare with healthcare IT

BCBS proposes to Obama transition team a 5 point plan for employer based health IT system.

BCBS contends that President-elect Obama’s plan to build reform on an employer-based system is a good one. The company proposes five initiatives for reform, including:

  • Encouraging research on the procedures, drugs and devices that work best
  • Paying for performance
  • Empowering consumers and providers
  • Promoting health awareness
  • Fostering public-private coverage solutions.

According to Serota, the Blues are comprised of 39 independent health plans serving some 102 million members nationwide. Ninety percent of all U.S. hospitals and 80 percent of all U.S. physicians participate in Blue Cross Blue Shield. By sheer volume, the Blues’ reform plans will have an impact.

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