Our top priorities, explained.
BCBS companies are addressing the opioid crisis in communities around the country, ensuring patients get the right care in the right setting.
Why does healthcare cost so much? The price of medical care is the single biggest factor, accounting for 90 percent of spending.
As prescription drug prices climb, we are working to ensure BCBS members get the medication they need at a price they can afford.
Healthcare should be available to everyone, no matter who they are or where they live. This starts with improving the individual market.
BCBS companies provide coordinated, patient-centered care for millions of Medicare beneficiaries and are making sure it continues to modernize.
BCBS companies provide access to critical health services for millions of adults and children through Medicaid, and are addressing the unique health challenges they face.
Leading voices in healthcare share their ideas.
By Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, ANP, FAAN, Director, Center on Innovative Care in Aging, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of Strategic Partnerships for CAPABLE, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
Chronic conditions are prevalent and expensive. They are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States, and up to 90 cents of every healthcare dollar is spent on treating people with chronic illnesses. For the 60 percent of older adults with two or more chronic conditions, there are many barriers that prevent them from managing their conditions and remaining independent. For many, improving health largely falls outside healthcare facilities.
If individuals cannot bathe or dress themselves they are less likely to be able to properly manage their diabetes or other chronic illness. Without proper management, there is greater risk of additional complications impacting their health, as well as an increased cost of care.