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Younger Nebraskans receiving knee and hip surgery at stable costs

Younger Nebraskans are now getting knee and hip replacements, but the cost for these procedures remains stable, according to the latest Health of America study from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Planned or elective inpatient orthopedic surgeries for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) members cost $97 million in 2017 and

By |2019-01-23T08:31:07+00:00January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Younger Nebraskans receiving knee and hip surgery at stable costs

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 teens rank in top 5, leading the nation in vaccinations

Nebraska teens are leading the way, in the top 5, in getting vaccinated compared to other adolescents across the country.  A Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Health of America study (HOA) shows adolescents born in 2003 and 2004, are getting HPV, Meningococcal and Tdap immunizations at a higher rate.  The study is based on

By |2018-02-23T08:48:31+00:00February 21st, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Nebraska teens rank in top 5, leading the nation in vaccinations