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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: 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 Healthcare 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

Blue Promise: Health Impacts of Hurricane Harvey

8/21/2018
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Natural disasters can pose public health problems long after the initial crisis ends. On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, we use our data to determine how the storm impacted the health of Southeast Texas. The panel for this discussion includes Bob Morrow, MD, Southeast Texas Market President, Leanne Metcalfe, PhD, Executive Director of Planning and Research, and co-host Ross Blackstone, Director of Strategic Influence. You can view this discussion in video format on YouTube....

Duration:00:18:07

Blue Promise: Curbing Health Care Costs with the Dallas Business Journal

8/15/2018
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Join us for a special panel discussion, recorded at a Dallas Business Journal event, about ways the health care system can collaborate to reduce costs and improve outcomes. The panel features Marianne Fazen, Ph.D., Executive Director of the DFW Business Group on Health, Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE, President and CEO of Methodist Health System and our own Paul Hain, M.D., BCBSTX North Texas Market President. Tracy Merzi, Publisher and Market President of the Dallas Business Journal,...

Duration:01:10:56

Blue Promise: Emergency Care

8/6/2018
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Using the emergency room in non-emergency situations drives up health care costs for all Texans. In this edition of Blue Promise, we talk the root causes of these high costs and what individuals can do to protect themselves. Dr. Vivian Ho, a health economist at Rice University's Baker Institute, Dr. Paul Hain, BCBSTX North Texas Market President, and co-host Ross Blackstone, BCBSTX Director of Strategic Influence, join Dr. McCoy for this discussion. You can listen to the complete discussion...

Duration:00:32:08

Blue Promise: Combating the Opioid Epidemic

7/12/2018
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The United States is facing one of the deadliest crises in its history: the opioid epidemic. New BCBSTX data shows that current regulations on opioid prescriptions aren't working as intended, so what can we do to stem the tide of the epidemic? Leanne Metcalfe, PhD, Executive Director of Planning and Research, Phiyen Tra, PharmD, Director of Clinical Programs, and co-host Ross Blackstone, Director of Strategic Influence, join Dr. McCoy to discuss the origins of the crisis and potential...

Duration:00:34:50

Blue Promise: Are Rural Hospitals a Target for Pass-Through Billing?

7/6/2018
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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: Family Violence and Health

6/14/2018
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In Texas, there were nearly 200,000 family and dating violence incidents in 2016. In this Blue Promise, we dig into our data to determine the impact of this type of violence on health. Leanne Metcalfe, Ph.D., Senior Director of Collaborative Research at BCBSTX, Jan Langbein, CEO of Genesis Women's Shelter and Support, and co-host Dr. Esteban Lopez, BCBSTX Chief Medical Officer, join Dr. McCoy for a discussion about the causes and costs of family violence. You can view these discussions in...

Duration:00:23:33

Blue Promise: Short-Term or Shortsighted?

6/1/2018
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Even if you don’t have short-term limited duration insurance (STLDI), you should still be worried about changes to these policies. Once reserved for temporary coverage lapses, recent policy changes could make these plans seem like a good option for those looking to purchase inexpensive health coverage. Pati McCandless, BCBSTX Vice President of State Health Policy, joins Dr. McCoy and co-host Ross Blackstone, BCBSTX Director of Strategic Influence, to talk about the limitations of STLDI...

Duration:00:24:18

Blue Promise: Cybersecurity

5/3/2018
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How can we protect health care from hackers? Join Kevin Charest, BCBSTX Chief Information Security Officer, and Kristin Conley, BCBSTX DSVP of Enterprise Risk Management, and co-host Ross Blackstone, BCBSTX Director of Strategic Influence, for this discussion about cybersecurity, risk management and the evolving digital health landscape. You can view these discussions in video format on YouTube (https://bit.ly/2JO2xbS). Blue Promise is an online video blog and podcast that aims to address...

Duration:00:26:46