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Blue Promise℠ is an online video blog that aims to address complicated health issues with candid conversations from subject matter experts. New editions are published regularly and are hosted by Dr. Dan McCoy, President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Copyright 2018 Health Care Services Corporation. All rights reserved.

Blue Promise℠ is an online video blog that aims to address complicated health issues with candid conversations from subject matter experts. New editions are published regularly and are hosted by Dr. Dan McCoy, President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Copyright 2018 Health Care Services Corporation. All rights reserved.
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Blue Promise℠ is an online video blog that aims to address complicated health issues with candid conversations from subject matter experts. New editions are published regularly and are hosted by Dr. Dan McCoy, President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Copyright 2018 Health Care Services Corporation. All rights reserved.

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Episodes

Blue Promise: Could You be a Victim of Health Care Fraud?

9/13/2019
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We’ve all heard the horror stories of fraudulent behavior by business professionals across the country. But how common is it in the health care industry? Could it happen to you? The answers might scare you. Learn how to protect yourself in this episode of Blue Promise, featuring Ryan Zarfoss, formerly employed by the FBI and now serving as Senior Manager of Special Investigations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. If you suspect fraud, there are ways to report it. Call our fraud hotline...

Duration:00:18:31

Blue Promise: The Power Of Public Dialogue

9/5/2019
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America’s health care system is far from perfect. It’s complicated. It’s expensive. It’s broken in many ways. So why aren’t there more people talking about it? Tune in to this episode of Blue Promise to hear from The Texas Tribune’s CEO and Co-founder, Evan Smith, as he discusses how public dialogue helps frame public policy surrounding health care. Blue Promise is a podcast and online video blog that aims to address complicated health issues with candid conversations from subject matter...

Duration:00:22:28

Blue Promise: Should We Still be Concerned About The Measles Outbreak?

8/23/2019
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It's back to school season for families across Texas. This year, there's one immunization that is more important than ever. In this episode of Blue Promise, we'll be discussing the impact of the measles outbreak. Dr. Philip Huang, Director of Dallas County Health & Human Services, shares his public health expertise in this episode of Blue Promise. Blue Promise is a podcast and online video blog that aims to address complicated health issues with candid conversations from subject matter...

Duration:00:08:40

Blue Promise: Understanding the Mental Health Crisis in Texas

8/23/2019
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Do you know someone struggling with their mental health? Chances are, that person is also having a hard time managing their overall health. The impact of mental illness is broad. Can Texas meet the increasing need for mental health professionals? Hear from Director of Dallas County Health & Human Services Dr. Philip Huang in this episode of Blue Promise. Blue Promise is a podcast and online video blog that aims to address complicated health issues with candid conversations from subject...

Duration:00:06:01

Blue Promise: Prior Authorizations: Red Tape or Right Care?

8/8/2019
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Sometimes patients experience a wait time before they receive the planned medical care suggested by their doctor. If their doctor already recommended the treatment, then why is there a delay? Dr. Leslie Weisberg, Executive Medical Director of Plan Performance, and Alyce Kuhn, Vice President of Market Clinical Operations, share insights about prior authorizations in this episode of Blue Promise. Blue Promise is a podcast and online video blog that aims to address complicated health issues...

Duration:00:14:54

Blue Promise: The Synergy Between Value-Based Care and Health Equity

7/25/2019
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Equal care and equitable care are two very different things. But do you know the difference? Listen to this episode of Blue Promise to better understand the importance of health equity. It’s key to improving the health of Texans, and value-based care is one avenue toward helping Texans receive equitable care. Health care providers interested in learning more about health equity can find helpful resources at www.apha.org. Blue Promise is a podcast and online video blog that aims to address...

Duration:00:25:41

Blue Promise: How Can We Fuel the Health of Our Energy Workforce?

6/27/2019
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Texas is the number one state in the U.S. for oil and natural gas. It's a massive industry, credited for more than 348,000 jobs across the state. Despite this workforce's robust health care benefits, they still face a unique set of challenges. Energy expert Rod Branch, Chief Human Resources Officer at HydroChemPSC, shares his insights in this episode of Blue Promise. He's joined by Heather Linton, Divisional Vice President of National Accounts and Energy at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of...

Duration:00:17:56

Blue Promise: Can Changing Your Genes Change Your Life?

6/14/2019
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A new medical treatment is giving sight to blind patients and so much more. It's called gene therapy and, though costly, there's no doubt that it’s changing lives. Learn more about this new health care advancement from pharmacist Jay Weaver, AVP of Pharmacy Sales Operations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX). You can view this discussion in video format on YouTube. Blue Promise is an online video blog and podcast that aims to address complicated health issues with candid...

Duration:00:27:30

Blue Promise: Are Rural Hospitals A Target For Pass-Through Billing?

4/23/2019
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Something called “pass-through billing” is driving up the cost of your health care. In this edition of Blue Promise, we describe pass-through billing, identify efforts to address the problem, and share how you can make a difference. If you suspect fraudulent behavior, report it to our Fraud Hotline at 1-800-543-0867. Diane Carr, Manager of Network Management, Rick Haddock, VP of Network Management, and co-host Ross Blackstone, Director of Strategic Influence, join Dr. McCoy for this...

Duration:00:11:57

Blue Promise: Plugging into Rural Health Care Solutions

4/4/2019
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Blue Promise is a podcast and online video blog that aims to address complicated health issues with candid conversations from subject matter experts. New editions are published regularly and are hosted by Dr. Dan McCoy, President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. This bonus episode of Blue Promise features a special recording from our friends at Texas A&M University. This conversation about rural health care was recorded during a SXSW panel in Austin on March 12, 2019. To hear more...

Duration:00:30:17

Blue Promise: The Unusual Impact Of Usual And Customary Reimbursement Charges

3/13/2019
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Health insurance is a highly regulated industry. One of its unique aspects includes “Usual and Customary Reimbursement” charges, mandated in the state of Texas. Lee Spangler, Vice President of Government Relations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, shares some insight on this law and how it has inadvertently impacted Texans. Blue Promise is a podcast and online video blog that aims to address complicated health issues with candid conversations from subject matter experts. New editions...

Duration:00:16:52

Blue Promise: Small Towns Have Big Health Concerns

3/1/2019
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Of the 254 counties in Texas, more than two-thirds are deemed "rural" by the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of State Health Services. There are increasing challenges to accessing health care in these communities. In this Blue Promise conversation, Dr. Nancy Dickey, Executive Director of A&M Rural and Community Health Institute, and Dr. Bob Morrow, Southeast Texas Market President at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, address this growing crisis. Blue Promise is a...

Duration:00:30:56

Blue Promise: Are Insurance Networks Really Necessary?

2/21/2019
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Health insurance networks come in all shapes and sizes. But are they really necessary? In this Blue Promise conversation, two experts from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas offer their insights to the purpose and value of networks -- Shara McClure, Divisional Senior Vice President of Health Care Delivery, and Rick Haddock, Vice President of Network Management. Blue Promise is a podcast and online video blog that aims to address complicated health issues with candid conversations from...

Duration:00:21:00

Blue Promise: Is Price Gouging Legal?

2/14/2019
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Seeking medical care during emergencies shouldn’t put people at risk for bankruptcy. However, Texans are continuously charged exorbitant prices in the midst of their most vulnerable moments – during an emergency medical situation. In this Blue Promise conversation, Dr. Paul Hain, Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, discusses the growing reality of price gouging in health care. Blue Promise is a podcast and online video blog that aims to address complicated health...

Duration:00:07:03

Blue Promise: The Purpose Of Price Tags

2/7/2019
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As health care costs continue to rise, Texans are feeling more and more pressure to be savvy spenders. But how is that possible when they can’t see the price tags attached to their health care services? This panel of experts includes two Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas executives -- Darrell Beckett, DSVP of Sales & Marketing, and Vijay Murugappan, BCBSTX's Vice President of Strategy & Value. Blue Promise is a podcast and online video blog that aims to address complicated health issues...

Duration:00:19:06

Blue Promise: Why are Texans Being Hit with Surprise Medical Bills?

2/1/2019
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Would you pay $3,000 to treat a cough? Many health care patients already have. Texans continue to face sticker shock like this after receiving surprise medical bills at freestanding emergency rooms. In this episode, BCBSTX's DSVP of Health Care Delivery, Shara McClure, offers her perspective on this trending topic in Texas. Blue Promise is a podcast and online video blog that aims to address complicated health issues with candid conversations from subject matter experts. New editions are...

Duration:00:14:52

Blue Promise: The Cost of Healthcare In the U.S.

10/12/2018
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Why are health care costs in the U.S. so much more expensive than health costs in comparable countries around the world? Dr. McCoy discusses how we can contain these runaway costs with Dr. Paul Hain, BCBSTX North Texas Market President, and co-host Ross Blackstone, Director of Strategic Influence. You can view this discussion in video format on YouTube (https://bit.ly/2JO2xbS). Blue Promise is an online video blog and podcast that aims to address complicated health issues with candid...

Duration:00:11:04

Blue Promise: How Do Hospitals Make Money?

9/28/2018
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We all know hospitals provide important medical services in our communities, but do you know how they make their money? Join Dr. McCoy for this Blue Promise discussion to learn more about the price you pay when you access health care at a hospital. The panel includes Shara McClure, DSVP of Texas Health Care Delivery, David Cripe, DVP of Network Management, and co-host Ross Blackstone, Director of Strategic Influence. You can view this discussion in video format on YouTube...

Duration:00:25:06

Blue Promise: Upcoding

9/21/2018
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What are 'upcoding' and ‘bundling’ and how can they affect the price you pay for health care? In this Blue Promise, a panel of experts discusses two leading drivers for the rising cost of health care. This discussion includes Dr. Paul Hain, BCBSTX North Texas Market President, Melissa Holladay, Executive Director of Texas Market Performance, and co-host Ross Blackstone, Director of Strategic Influence. You can view this discussion in video format on YouTube (https://bit.ly/2JO2xbS). Blue...

Duration:00:19:13

Blue Promise: Consolidation in Health Care Delivery

9/7/2018
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New data shows health costs increase when Texas physicians consolidate into hospital systems. Why do providers enter these types of relationships and how can we help them stay independent? Dr. McCoy discusses the changing healthcare landscape and strategies to keep costs down with a panel of experts. This edition features Dr. Vivian Ho, a health economist at Rice University's Baker Institute, Lee Spangler, JD, BCBSTX Vice President of Texas Government Relations, and co-host Ross Blackstone,...

Duration:00:32:26