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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

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We were the first “Blue” health plan.  Our history began in 1933, when seven St. Paul hospitals teamed up to form the “Minnesota Hospital Association,” the nation’s first prepaid health care network.  An early advertisement depicts a nurse with a blue cross on her sleeve. An iconic logo is born, and we become the first-ever health plan to use the “Blue Cross” name.

Less than a decade after we became the first Blue plan, the name and symbol are adopted by the national Blue Cross Association.  “Blue Cross” goes on to become one of most recognized and trusted health care brands in the world.

Today, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is the largest health plan in Minnesota, with more members, the largest network of providers, and more low cost medical and dental insurance products and services than any other health plan in our state.

Largest health plan in Minnesota

  • Our 2.7 million members can be found in every Minnesota county, all 50 states and on four continents.
  • Approximately one in three Minnesotans has a Blue Cross membership card.
  • We are a fiscally responsible, nonprofit Minnesota company
  • Blue Cross operates as a nonprofit organization – which means our resources are used to serve stakeholders, not stockholders.
  • We contribute more than $250 million in salary and wages annually to the Minnesota economy.
  • Since 1986, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation has awarded more than $25 million to create healthier communities around Minnesota.
  • We employ approximately 3,700 people throughout Minnesota, with offices in Eagan, Virginia, Aurora, Duluth, Moorhead, St. Cloud, Mankato and Rochester.
  • While we are structured as a nonprofit, we still pay our fair share as a responsible company through more than $100 million in taxes and assessments every year.
  • Approximately 90 cents of every health care dollar collected by Blue Cross is used to pay for members’ health care costs. We have an administrative cost level of less than 10 cents of every dollar – one of the lowest levels in the country.
  • The National Business Group on Health recognized Blue Cross with the 2008 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award.
  • Our service center handles more than 3.4 million calls every year with high satisfaction rates.

Innovation and service

  • Online Care Anywhere – this innovative care option gives consumers the ability to talk immediately with a physician who is able to review clinical information, ask and answer questions, make diagnoses and prescribe medications – doing all of it from home or work, anytime, using the web or a phone.
  • TheHealthcareScoop.com – an online forum for real health care stories from real people, TheHealthcareScoop.com allows consumers and providers to learn from one another’s experiences and helping consumers shape health care.
  • Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award – the National Business Group on Health recognized Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota with this award in 2008.
  • New Generation Engagement Model – all of our products and services are delivered through the framework of our New Generation Engagement Model, which brings together Innovative Plan Design, Optimized Care Delivery and our industry-leading Whole Person Health Support(SM) approach to member health.
  • Fitness discounts – this program features the largest network of facilities in the state, offering monthly credit for members who regularly commit to an exercise program.
  • Retail clinic coverage – nationally, we were the first health plan to cover retail clinic visits and the first plan to offer waived copayments for these visits.
  • Stop-Smoking Support – this program achieved an all-time high, 12-month stop smoking rate of 35.5 percent in 2007, more than seven times higher than the overall national quit rate of 4.7 percent.
  • Care Comparision – a unique tool that provides cost and quality information for common procedures at network facilities, both locally and nationwide, giving members information about their health care spending.
  • Recognizing Excellence(SM) program – our Recognizing Excellence(SM) program rewards physician provider groups who meet defined evidence-based clinical outcomes and preventive measures, and motivates providers to continually improve care and patient outcomes.
  • Health care quality improvement – Blue Cross is a sponsor of significant quality initiatives in Minnesota such as the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI), MN Community Measurement, Blue Distinction® centers for excellence and the Minnesota Health Information Exchange (MN HIE).
  • Prevention Minnesota – the Prevention Minnesota initiative has committed $10 million to more than 100 organizations since 2006 to help increase access to healthy foods, design more walkable and bikeable communities, and decrease smoking and secondhand smoke.

(Information updated as of 2011 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota’s website)

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