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Medical Cost Comparison Guide for PPO Members
Members can compare the costs of more than 100 specific treatments at hospitals, clinics, and imaging centers in their area to make more effective decisions about where to receive care.

PPO Members can access the tool by registering or logging in to Member Central. Members of other plans should use MyHealthcareOptions to compare the cost of providers.

Hospital Compare for national provider quality comparison
With Hospital Compare, developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), you can compare hospitals on quality measures that show whether they provide some of the care recommended for patients being treated for a heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, asthma (children only), or patients having surgery.

MyHealthCareOptionsTM for local provider comparisons
Use MyHealthCareOptions to search cost and quality information for health care providers across the state of Massachusetts. You can sort by location, medical condition, and procedure. Information comes from state and federal databases, as well as other independent and trusted sources such as the Massachusetts Health Quality Partners. For the most accurate cost of care information, PPO members should log in and use the Medical Cost Compilation Guide. Members of other plans should use MyHealthCareOptions.

Limited services clinics (LSCs)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' members have the option to obtain non-urgent medical care without an appointment for a limited set of services, including flu shots and treatment for colds and ear infections. These clinics, typically located in certain pharmacies around the state, can offer a more efficient setting for these types of care than a hospital emergency room, and can be more convenient than many doctors' offices because they are open during evening and weekend hours.


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