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BlueCross Adds Metabolic Health Programs as Option for SC Businesses

February 19, 2014

Columbia, S.C. – BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina has added metabolic health to the nationally accredited population health programs it offers to large group accounts.
 
Metabolic health refers to two separate conditions – prediabetes and metabolic syndrome. Prediabetes occurs when blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is a collection of risk factors that dramatically increase the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, depression, stroke, cancer and a number of other chronic conditions.
 
“By identifying group plan members who have metabolic health issues and enrolling them in our program, BlueCross can assist South Carolina businesses who want to help employees stay healthy who are headed for worse problems without aid,” said Matt Shaffer, senior vice president of large group accounts.
 
In population health programs, members diagnosed with or considered at risk for certain conditions receive educational materials as well as one-on-one health coaching by telephone. They get help understanding their diseases, staying current with recommended tests and medications, keeping appointments and overcoming barriers to better health. Participants may contact their health coaches as often as needed for support.
 
URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry, recently reaccredited BlueCross’s disease management programs.
 
Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., and operating in South Carolina for more than 65 years, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The only South Carolina-owned and operated health insurance carrier, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina comprises more than 40 companies involved in health insurance services, U.S. DoD health program and Medicare contracts, other insurance and employee benefits services, and a philanthropic foundation that funds programs to improve health care and access to health care for South Carolinians.

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