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Local Blue Cross recognized with awards

Blue Health Solutions, the wellness program available to members and customers of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, has once again been recognized by a national certification agency for its program excellence.

The Disease Management Purchasing Consortium, the industry's leading outcomes certification organization, recently honored Blue Health Solutions with three awards for its ongoing success with chronic disease management.

The most prestigious of the three awards honored Blue Health Solutions for achieving a 3.8-to-1 return on investment (ROI) based on a decline in events and a decline in events relative to prevalence with chronic diseases. As a result, DMPC awarded BCNEPA its Letter of Validation for ROI using the transparent and valid event rate-based methodology described in DMPC president Al Lewis's critically acclaimed book Why Nobody Believes the Numbers — Distinguishing Fact from Fiction in Population Health Management.

Another award singled out BCNEPA for achieving the greatest validly measured improvement in outcomes for members with chronic disease of any health plan in Pennsylvania this year.

Blue Health Solutions achieved results by bringing focus to health status improvement and impacting the inpatient admission and emergency room visit event rates for diabetes, coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure.

‘Through the Recovery Process' forum scheduled

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will conduct another in a series of educational presentations on addictions and recovery at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at the McBride Memorial Library, 500 Market St., Berwick.

John Baumgartner, Catholic Social Services intensive case manager for the chronic homeless, will lead the program titled, Helping Family and Friends Through the Recovery Process. He is also associate director of Reformers Unanimous at Berwick's Hope Community — Heritage Baptist Church. Additional panel members will include Art Franklin, from the 24-hour Call Center in Bloomsburg, and Michelle McCabe, regional service coordinator for White Deer Run.

The program will focus on the structure and info-structure of recovery from addiction. Panel members will discuss the steps from the initial phone call, through the treatment process and stabilization, including housing and employment. Available community resources to strengthen recovery prospects for the addicted and their families will be explored.

The program is free. For more information, contact Maxim Furek at 542-7946.

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