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Blue KC to launch remote care management program

Blue KC has partnered with Care Innovations® Health Harmony to launch a remote monitoring program that is designed to help Blue KC members with congestive heart failure and/or diabetes easily monitor and share their daily vital signs with a registered nurse from the comfort of their own home.

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Aetna announces prescription drug changes for 2019

Effective January 1, 2019, Aetna will update its prescription drug list for Value Plus Plans. Prescription drug coverage reviews like prior authorization, quantity limits and step therapy will start to apply to some medicines and may no longer apply to others.

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Blue KC to begin coverage for 3D mammograms

 

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Blue KC to start preventive health program

Blue KC is beginning a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) as a free preventive health benefit to qualifying Blue KC members (except Medicare Advantage and JAA groups). The DPP is intended to reduce a participant’s risk of type 2 diabetes.

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Blue KC announces prescription drug updates

Blue KC will update its prescription drug plan designs for group members in Blue-Care® (HMO), BlueSelect Plus (PPO), Preferred-Care® (PPO) and Preferred-Care Blue® (PPO) plans, effective July 1, 2018.

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Blue KC to require electronic billing August 1

Starting August 1, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) will issue all monthly invoices using an electronic billing system. Invoices can be accessed and paid using electronic funds transfer (EFT) through BlueKC.com.

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Large Employers Must Enter Health Care Value on Form W-2

The aggregate cost of employer-sponsored health insurance must be reported on 2017 Form W-2s for employers who issued 250-plus Form W-2s in 2016. The reporting requirement is a provision established by the Affordable Care Act. Small employers (those who issued fewer than 250 Form W-2s in 2016)...

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IRS notifies employers of ACA penalties

 

The IRS has begun notifying employers suspected of owing an employer shared responsibility penalty for the 2015 calendar year. The notification letter describes how the penalty is assessed and includes Form 14764 to make payment or dispute the penalty, as well as Form 14765 that lists...

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Blue KC releases 2018 Prescription Drug List adjustments

 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) will adjust its Prescription Drug List effective January 1, 2018, for Blue-Care® (HMO), BlueSelect Plus (PPO), Preferred-Care® (PPO), and Preferred-Care Blue® (PPO) plans. Group-specific benefit exceptions may apply.

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Blue KC announces Amwell telemed visit increase

Amwell telehealth visits increase to $49 starting January 2018

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) announced telehealth services provided by American Well® (Amwell) will increase to $49 (from $39) per visit beginning January 1, 2018. 

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