I had the privilege of participating in the 2015 Sapphire Awards and Symposium hosted by the Florida Blue Foundation in April. Since the program’s inception in 2005, the Florida Blue Foundation has bestowed awards on 60 individuals, programs, and organizations and awarded grants totaling $3.5 million to entities across the state of Florida that have demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health.
To help Florida’s diverse population make informed choices about their health and nutrition, the Florida Blue Foundation continued its support of the Florida Literacy Coalition for a seventh year by awarding 17 grants of $5,000 each on April 29 at the 31st Annual Florida Literacy Conference in Orlando. The grants support the Coalition’s Florida Health Literacy Initiative to advance health literacy for adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and family literacy programs across the state.
Here we are only five months from implementing ICD-10 and our latest Provider ICD-10 Readiness Assessment results indicate that about 35% of small practices are not yet ready for ICD-10. About 26% have indicated that they are not planning to test with their payers – and many believe they do not need to test!
Let’s face it, if a food is high in calories, fat or sugar, we won’t steer away from it if it tastes delicious! Making the right food choices can be difficult when you’re trying to choose health benefits over taste. The good news: there are healthier options available that still taste great. Here are 10 desserts that won’t spoil your diet. Try some of my favorites when you need something sweet.
Picture this: You get a call from your child’s school and the news is not good. Your youngest has the flu and needs to go to the doctor. You make arrangements with your boss to leave early and race out the door to pick up your kid and cross your fingers that the doctor’s office is able to squeeze in a last minute appointment.
As gluten-free products continue to line grocery shelves, you may start to wonder if you should be eliminating gluten from your grocery cart. Many have no idea what gluten is but they see gluten-free products touting gluten’s removal and start to get concerned. We start thinking, “why is this being removed? Is it safe? Should I avoid it?”
With nearly six months to the ICD-10 implementation date, one may gain a number of valuable takeaways from our March 20, 2015 Open Line Friday ICD-10 teleconference. These include how the ICD-10 readiness picture has improved according to WEDI’s latest 2015 survey; how the costs of implementing ICD-10 have decreased from former estimates to where the cost is averaging about $3,400 per provider; what testing opportunities exists; and what ICD-10 resources are available to health care practitioners and other entities such as roadto10.org. If you missed our March 20 Open Line Friday teleconference and would like to hear from experts representing PAHCOM, FHIMA, WEDI, and others, please refer to the program transcript below.
Recognition Showcases Loyalty of Existing Blue Cross Blue Shield Members
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida Blue announced today that it has earned a Brand Excellence Award from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). The annual awards honor Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies that excel in developing and enhancing the overall BCBS Brand image.