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Employer Newsletter - IAI

Important Administrative Information (IAI) is a quarterly mailing that delivers the latest news about Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts products and services to employers and consultants.


Current Editions:

Introducing HMO Blue Select
Our new HMO Blue Select plan features lower–cost limited networks that include local doctors, facilities, and specialty hospitals recognized for providing lower–cost care in Massachusetts. Learn more.

Medical Policy Updates Per New State Mandates
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts recently updated its medical policies for the treatment of Lyme disease and treatment of HIV–associated lipodystrophy, in response to two new mandates that were recently signed into Massachusetts law. Learn more.

Self-Insured Employers: Important Update on Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
We want to make all self–insured businesses aware of Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Final Rule, which was published on May 18, 2016 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Specifically, we encourage all self–insured businesses to consult with their legal counsel on benefit designs that could potentially be viewed as discriminatory. Learn more.

Introducing MyBlue (formerly Member Central)
This October, we launched MyBlue, formerly known as Member Central. My Blue is a personalized way for members to access their health plan information. Starting in January, we will begin to deliver HIPAA compliant member communications to help drive awareness about the new MyBlue experience. Learn more.

Indigo Offers New Workers’ Compensation Product for 2017
Indigo Insurance is proud to announce a partnership with CompNet Insurance Solutions Inc. to offer workers’ compensation for all businesses with 2 to 99 employees. Learn more.

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center remains in the Standard Tier
In August 2016, we made an error when reviewing St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center’s tier status for our HMO and PPO Blue Options tiered network products. As a result of St. Elizabeth’s successfully passing the quality benchmark for our Tiered Network, we announced that this facility would move from our Standard Benefits Tier to the Enhanced Benefits Tier. Unfortunately, after further review, we realized that this transfer was an error. Learn more.

Hospital Network Update for Blue Options v.4 Plans
We’re updating the Blue Options v.4 hospital network in response to the merger of Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and Baystate Wing Hospital on September 10, 2016. As you may know, at that time Baystate Mary Lane Hospital closed its inpatient unit but remained open as an outpatient location of Baystate Wing Hospital. Learn more.

Coverage for 3D Mammograms Begins in 2017
In addition to coverage for standard mammography screenings, on January 1, 2017, we’ll begin providing coverage for 3D mammograms (digital breast tomosynthesis), subject to the same guidelines as standard mammograms. Learn more.

Introducing Blue Cross Blue Shield Global Core
On January 1, 2017, the BlueCard Worldwide® Program name will change to Blue Cross Blue Shield Global Core. This name change is due to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s rebranding of their international products. Learn more.

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