Matthew Ketterman

WEDI Findings and Ebola: The State of ICD-10 Readiness [Podcast]

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WEDI’s most recent ICD-10 industry readiness survey has exposed some encouraging information about the industry’s state of ICD-10 readiness. Simultaneously, survey findings remind us that many are still behind for the mandate and there are remaining dependencies (i.e., clinical documentation) needed to be entirely ready on Oct. 1, 2015.

Chris Carlee

The Heart of the Matter | A Florida Blue Nurse Shares Her Story

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My husband and I like to visit a local restaurant that features live karaoke on Saturday nights. Great or awful, the singers deserve a lot of credit for getting out of their comfort zones (a bit of alcohol on board probably helps) and taking hold of that microphone.  And, at the very least, it’s still free live entertainment for the rest of us who are happy to stay in our seats.

Florida Blue

Q & A on Losing Weight

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Q: I’ve tried repeatedly to lose weight by eating healthy and exercising regularly. I start off ok in the morning, but by the end of the day I’ve “caved” and eaten something bad and no longer have the energyto go for a walk. I feel like a failure and about ready to give up completely. Is there anything I can do so I can overcome these every day challenges?

Karen Thompson

Breast Cancer Picked a Fight with the Wrong Chick | Sharon Hagin’s Story

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In the first article of our breast cancer survivor series, I mentioned I received a request from an employee to write about breast cancer survivors during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I also mentioned you would meet the person who made the suggestion in a future article. Today’s profile in courage is about that employee. Thanks Sharon, for recommending this series.

Sharon LaSure-Roy

Fostering Supplier Diversity at Florida Blue

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The term supplier diversity refers to corporate business programs and initiatives that promote and help create economic prosperity in underserved communities. As an innovator in enabling healthy communities, we seek out small and diverse organizations to participate in our supplier diversity program.

Recently we were able to sit down with Dana Hill, who manages supplier diversity for Florida Blue, and ask him a few questions about our program.

Chef DeJuan

[Recipe] What’s the Deal with Kale?

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From world-renown culinary institutions to home kitchens, kale has become the green of choice.  We are seeing it in everything from to chips to smoothies. Some like to call it the new super food, while others see new ways to enjoy an old-time favorite.

Once again, I am pleased to work with the Florida Blue Flavors experience to feature healthy recipes during the 4th Annual Taste of Black Jacksonville.  It is one of the premiere events during the Black Expo South weekend.

Sharon LaSure-Roy

A Force to Be Reckoned With | Lung Force

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In 1987, lung cancer surpassed breast cancer to become the leading cause of cancer death in women.

But this disease is not gender specific, as today, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States.  American Cancer Society research shows that lung cancer causes more deaths than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast and pancreatic). An estimated 159,260 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer in 2014, accounting for approximately 27 percent of all cancer deaths.