Author Archives: Sven Gustafson

Blue Cross, subsidiary Accident Fund land on ‘best places to work’ lists

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has been named to a pair of “best places to work” lists, while Accident Fund Insurance Co. of America, a workers compensation subsidiary, was tops in its category for “cool places to work in … Continue reading

In MLive column, Blues spokesman cites benefits of modernized Michigan health insurance system

With the state House of Representatives expected to take up legislation to transition Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to a nonprofit mutual insurer, consumers and Blues members “will benefit from a discussion that is factual and free of alarmist … Continue reading

What Blues members need to know about new autism coverage benefits

We’ve been getting a number of questions about new autism spectrum disorder benefits ever since a new law that expands autism benefits coverage in Michigan was signed in April. While we’re still working through many of the details, here’s what … Continue reading

New Blues sales, customer service center now open in downtown Traverse City

Blue Cross and Blue Care Network opened the doors this week on its new customer service and sales center in Traverse City’s central business district, continuing the company’s years-long trend of investing in Michigan’s core cities. The new office is … Continue reading

Detroit Regional Chamber webinar to spotlight health care reform for small businesses

Between employer penalties, coverage mandates, small business tax credits and numerous other provisions, the Affordable Care Act promises many changes for small employers. To help shed light on exactly how reform will impact small businesses, the Blues will team up … Continue reading

Patient-centered medical homes improving care through stronger doctor-patient relationships

To Dr. Jeffrey Huotari, the biggest factor distinguishing his patient-centered medical home practice from a conventional practice is the focus on building relationships with patients. “Our belief is relationship equals results,” says Huotari, a family medicine practitioner in Houghton who … Continue reading

Blues’ Traverse City sales and service center office to move to city center

In recent years, the Blues have made major investments in Michigan’s core cities by moving employees to downtown Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit. Now, we’re about to do it again Up North. In October, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of … Continue reading

BCN joins Hospice of Michigan to bring ‘Ernie’ the play to Grand Rapids

Residents of West Michigan will get a chance to see the hit play “Ernie,” celebrating the life of legendary Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell, when it makes a two-week run in September as a special fundraiser at the Wealthy Theatre … Continue reading

Success of Michigan hospital partnerships lands on New York Times front page

A recent front page story in The New York Times about nationwide efforts to trim hospital costs highlights news coverage of BCBSM’s efforts to improve patient safety and health care quality through its partnerships with Michigan hospitals. In April, the … Continue reading

Blues CEO Daniel J. Loepp on Detroit: ‘Best I’ve seen in probably 30 years’

Blues President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp is attending the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference this week on Mackinac Island, where he stopped in for an interview with and journalist Christy McDonald. In the video interview, Loepp discusses … Continue reading