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Brand name and specialty drug prices continue to rise

Nebraskans are paying more for brand name and specialty drugs along with the rest of the nation, according to the latest Health of America study from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Last year in Nebraska, usage of inexpensive generic drugs increased to 85 percent of total prescriptions filled, yet they made up just

By |2018-11-15T08:25:37+00:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Brand name and specialty drug prices continue to rise

New Blue Cross-backed Crimestoppers reward first of its kind in country

An enhanced $5,000 reward is now being offered by Omaha Crimestoppers for tips leading to the arrests of opioid dealers, after a contribution from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. The reward is the first of its kind in the country. Law enforcement officials from the State of Nebraska, Douglas County and

By |2018-11-05T13:16:45+00:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Stories|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on New Blue Cross-backed Crimestoppers reward first of its kind in country

Don’t skip dental/vision exams – Health of America study

You’re more likely to suffer significant ailments and incur higher medical costs if you skip preventive dental and vision exams, according to the latest Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Health of America report*. The report found that nationwide, Blue Cross members with serious dental conditions were 25 percent more likely to suffer heart disease,

By |2018-10-02T09:20:39+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Stories|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Don’t skip dental/vision exams – Health of America study

Nebraska ACOs – Value-based care approach is having impact

To Dale, a 55-year-old Nebraskan, value-based care is help getting all his prescriptions filled on the same day so he doesn’t have to make multiple trips to the pharmacy—a 50 mile drive from his home.   To Doris, a 60-year-old Nebraskan, value-based care is being able to see her own doctor when her COPD is

By |2018-09-20T14:40:58+00:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Nebraska ACOs – Value-based care approach is having impact

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Fearless Grants awarded to state nonprofits

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) has awarded seven Fearless Grants to nonprofits across the state, from Omaha to North Platte.  The grant funds will assist the nonprofits with a number of initiatives, including behavioral health and substance use therapy, supplemental food for seniors, reduced emergency room visits, blood transportation, dental care, brain

By |2018-09-07T15:59:28+00:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: News Releases, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Fearless Grants awarded to state nonprofits

With age comes rising risk of fall, chance of serious injury. Here’s how to protect yourself

Ann B. Davis, who played Alice the housekeeper on “The Brady Bunch” television show. Robert Culp of “I Spy” TV fame. Musician Leonard Cohen and author Kurt Vonnegut. What do they all have in common? They all died after a fall in their home. One in four older Americans fall every year. Of those, one-third suffer hip fractures

By |2018-08-28T09:46:58+00:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on With age comes rising risk of fall, chance of serious injury. Here’s how to protect yourself

It all began with a belief – the elderly deserve ‘dignity in life’

It all began with a nursing home in Fairbury, Nebraska. In 1975, Jack and Eldora Vetter took a leap of faith and bought the facility, with the goal of offering that community’s senior citizens a safe, loving and welcoming home. Grounded in the belief that the elderly deserve “dignity in life,” the Vetter Way was

By |2018-08-01T09:47:49+00:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on It all began with a belief – the elderly deserve ‘dignity in life’

Opioid prescriptions decrease nearly 20 percent in Nebraska

The number of opioid medications filled by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) members declined 19 percent from 2014 to 2017.  “There has been a lot more attention given by providers to their patients who may be misusing the drugs, filling too frequently, filling before they’ve run out, or maybe having symptoms

By |2018-07-12T11:18:51+00:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Opioid prescriptions decrease nearly 20 percent in Nebraska

Knowing where to seek treatment – appropriate emergency room use

Knowing where to seek treatment makes a difference in terms of physical and financial health, as well as recovery, when you or a loved one is sick or injured. How do you know if a trip to the emergency room is required? Based on the symptoms presented, the following tips can help you determine if

By |2018-06-28T12:19:18+00:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Knowing where to seek treatment – appropriate emergency room use

Skin cancer rates in BCBSNE members are decreasing, bucking national trend

Skin cancer is diagnosed at a much lower level in Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska members than people living in other parts of the country.  From 2014 to 2017, our members had a 0.7 percent rate of diagnosed skin cancer.   Nebraska men have a higher rate of skin cancer than women.  Costs

By |2018-06-01T09:48:12+00:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Skin cancer rates in BCBSNE members are decreasing, bucking national trend