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Cutting through the noise of health care billing

We all agree, health care can be complicated. Especially when you move between doctors and health care systems. They need to talk with each other to share your basic health care information. This is called interoperability, when different information systems, devices or applications connect or coordinate to optimize health care. The National Academy of Medicine

By |2019-09-03T09:51:44-06:00September 3rd, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Cutting through the noise of health care billing

Ashford University partnership expands tuition reimbursement program

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) recently expanded its tuition reimbursement program with a new partner: Ashford University. Ashford University is an accredited online university offering more than 80 degree programs in a variety of career-relevant fields, including health care, information services, business and more. “We had several meetings to go over how

By |2019-08-26T14:34:27-06:00August 30th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Ashford University partnership expands tuition reimbursement program

Surprise billing changes can protect consumers

As many as 15% of patients have received a surprise bill after a hospital stay. We’re working with lawmakers to find solutions and are recommending specific changes that can better protect consumers. Congress is considering two different ways to resolve payment disputes involving surprise bills. Here we take a look at the facts and the

By |2019-08-16T13:43:50-06:00August 28th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Our Take|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Surprise billing changes can protect consumers

‘Helping others will always put you on a good path’

Coffees poured and seats taken, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) employees recently gathered in a conference room, ready to hear from Rebecca Stavick, executive director of Do Space. Do Space is a nonprofit providing technology access and education. Stavick actively manages Do Space’s relationships, direction and strategy, bringing technology industry leadership and

By |2019-08-26T08:38:43-06:00August 26th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on ‘Helping others will always put you on a good path’

Protect consumers from surprise medical bills with benchmarked-based rates

One of the first things you likely ask in deciding where to seek medical treatment is whether the doctor and hospital is in your health plan’s network, so you can get the quality care you need at the most affordable price. Yet, even when you’ve carefully selected a medical facility that is in your network,

By |2019-08-23T13:33:55-06:00August 25th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Our Take|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Protect consumers from surprise medical bills with benchmarked-based rates

School supply “shop” opens at Conestoga Elementary for new year

Checklists in hand, Conestoga Elementary students and their parents recently crossed school supply shopping off their to-do lists in a special “shop” set up by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) employees. BCBSNE, Conestoga’s Adopt-a-School partner, hosts an annual school supply drive for the elementary school. Departments and employees throughout the company collect

By |2019-08-15T16:56:46-06:00August 16th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on School supply “shop” opens at Conestoga Elementary for new year

An aspiring chef finds a door into the kitchen, excels in 15-week culinary training program

Wesleyon “Wes” Zollicoffer scrolls through original recipes worthy of Food & Wine magazine: charred watermelon with pistachio, feta cheese and vinaigrette; charcuterie board with homemade crackers, bacon, salami and pickled pineapple; gumbo-inspired shrimp croquettes with creamy grits and andouille sausage purée. The north Omaha native created them all. “I go back to what I loved

By |2019-08-12T08:40:20-06:00August 12th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on An aspiring chef finds a door into the kitchen, excels in 15-week culinary training program

Roots in numbers grow into diverse experiences, lead to his dream job

Steve Konnath’s career reflects the sports analogy a manager once used to describe his potential. “He saw me as a multipurpose back on a football team,” Konnath said. “He could put me anywhere, and I could do anything.” For a stretch in his career, Konnath, who currently serves as vice president of actuarial, underwriting and

By |2019-08-01T10:45:33-06:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Roots in numbers grow into diverse experiences, lead to his dream job

Mindfulness meditation: How it’s practiced and why it can lead to healthier you

Three tones on a cellphone mark the start of a 30-minute “sit” at The Center for Mindful Living in Dundee. The scent of lavender, rich and soothing, hangs in the air as those gathered – some in chairs, others on the floor – give full focus not to the past or to the future but

By |2019-08-05T09:03:43-06:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Mindfulness meditation: How it’s practiced and why it can lead to healthier you