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The medical director’s guide to choosing a primary care provider

  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) medical directors Dr. Victoria Hall, Dr. Elizabeth Noordhoek and Dr. Cindy Gubbels contributed their insight to help individuals choose a primary care provider (PCP). A PCP acts as a person’s medical home base and aims to provide long-term and preventive care, routine checkups, and referrals to

By |2023-02-03T15:47:23-06:00February 3rd, 2023|Categories: Health and Wellness, Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The medical director’s guide to choosing a primary care provider

Wise & Well: Cameron Arch finds joy in spiritual wellness

While wellness is usually thought of as staying physically healthy or mentally well, Cameron Arch makes it a point to focus on the third component of mind, body and soul. “When I think of holistic wellness, I think about mind, body and spirit. We talk about physical fitness and mental health. The one thing I

By |2023-01-11T08:40:36-06:00January 11th, 2023|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Cameron Arch finds joy in spiritual wellness

Wise & Well: Steve Konnath practices personal forgiveness

After wellness took a backseat for Steve Konnath,  he found himself starting a new wellness journey with his wife Jane after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2012. “The type of cancer that she had was called HER2 Positive, and it's one that is fairly aggressive and it's hormone driven,” says Konnath, Blue Cross and Blue

By |2022-11-30T08:59:20-06:00November 30th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Steve Konnath practices personal forgiveness

Wise & Well: Jenny Hemmer makes wellness a priority in the face of adversity

As a nurse care manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), Jenny Hemmer helps the company’s members maintain their health through Wellframe, a mobile app. Outside of the office, Hemmer makes wellness a priority for her and her family, too. She’s always been an avid runner and walker, logging 150 minutes of

By |2022-10-26T11:46:15-05:00October 27th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Jenny Hemmer makes wellness a priority in the face of adversity

BCBSNE, Project Fit America bring new ways to stay active to Hitchcock County Elementary

Some in sweatbands, some in bandanas and some in their best matching exercise gear, the students of Hitchcock County Elementary School sat in their lines on the concrete in front of the playground as their principal, Mike Tines, told the story behind the school’s new exercise equipment and curriculum. In addition to the students, community

By |2022-10-18T13:14:14-05:00October 20th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Community Engagement, Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE, Project Fit America bring new ways to stay active to Hitchcock County Elementary

Closing the gap in maternal health

According to a recent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) Health of America study, severe maternal morbidity (SMM) rates increased by 9% in the United States in 2018-2020. Moreover, SMM rates were 62% higher in primarily Black communities and 32% higher in primarily Hispanic communities. According to the study, the health disparities arise from

By |2022-10-03T13:10:20-05:00October 5th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Closing the gap in maternal health

Wise & Well: Jaye Stentz’s awakening

One early morning in May 2021, Jaye Stentz started his day like most others: he went to let his chocolate lab, Howard, outside; however, when he tried to call him back inside the words weren’t there. “I could think the words, but they weren't coming out,” said Stentz, organization development specialist at Blue Cross and

By |2022-09-26T15:10:54-05:00September 26th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Jaye Stentz’s awakening

Wise & Well: Seth Orndorff on keeping wellness fun

Between playing soccer and being on the swim team growing up, Seth Orndorff has always led an active life, but, when college ended and pools became fewer and farther between, he struggled to keep active without getting bored. That is until he found the cure to his activity rut: keeping exercise fun. “I have a

By |2022-08-26T12:18:30-05:00August 29th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Seth Orndorff on keeping wellness fun

It’s time to play catch-up on vaccines this back-to-school season

As Nebraska moves into another school year, now is the perfect time to ensure that children are caught up on routine vaccinations. Vaccines are crucial to protect children from preventable diseases, especially as in-person activities and learning are back in full swing, and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccine ordering

By |2022-08-19T12:21:14-05:00August 23rd, 2022|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on It’s time to play catch-up on vaccines this back-to-school season

Wise & Well: Kara Urkoski’s journey – ‘walk the walk and talk the talk’

Kara Urkoski and her youngest son Blake pictured on vacation in Florida. Kara Urkoski, provider executive II at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), credits her success in leading an active lifestyle to being involved in sports when she was a kid. “I played soccer a lot when I was younger, I was

By |2022-08-04T08:57:20-05:00August 4th, 2022|Categories: Health and Wellness, Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Kara Urkoski’s journey – ‘walk the walk and talk the talk’