Coordinated Care: How Blue Cross® Physician Choice PPO Keeps You Healthy
Let’s say you go to your primary care physician and discover your cholesterol levels are high. Concerned about your health, your physician recommends you see a heart specialist to make sure everything else is fine. When you do just that, you have to spend the first 20 minutes bringing the doctor up to speed on your health history and getting some tests repeated. On top of that, the next time you see your primary care physician, you have to remember everything the specialist said so that both doctors are on the same page in terms of treatment.
If you’re thinking that there has to be a better way, there is. It’s called coordinated care.
Coordinated care is when doctors, specialists, hospitals and other health care providers all work together in a single network—in our case, that network is called an Organized System of Care (OSC). Every doctor in the OSC is committed to high-quality, cost-effective care. Instead of operating separately, the providers in an OSC work together to keep you healthy.
What does that mean for you? Less stress and better outcomes because your doctors communicate directly with each other. Everyone you see in the OSC will know what prescriptions you’re taking and what treatment plans you’ve been given, meaning your time in their offices can be spent on improving your health. You’ll no longer need to get multiple tests done by different doctors; just get them done once and the results are simultaneously shared with all of your providers in the OSC. You’re also a lot less likely to fall between the cracks—each of your providers will know who should be following up with you and what red flags to look out for.
As a member of Blue Cross® Physician Choice PPO, you have the option of choosing a primary care physician in a Level 1 OSC. In addition to getting all the benefits that come with coordinated care, you’ll pay the lowest possible amount for your care and can see any specialist within the same OSC without worrying about a referral.
For more details on how Blue Cross® Physician Choice PPO is designed to keep you healthy, visit these other blogs:
- 5 Things Everyone with Blue Cross® Physician Choice PPO Should Do
- Blue Cross® Physician Choice PPO: Getting the Most from your Plan
- Have the New Blue Cross® Physician Choice PPO? 3 Questions to Ask Your Doctor
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