April 2017 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Dr. Rick Pribyl

For Dr. Rick Pribyl, an English teacher and soccer coach at Blue Valley Northwest High School and April’s Blue KC Sporting Samaritan, the easiest way to understand his unique impact is to read quotes from his former students. “Helpful and compassionate.” “I have never learned more than in his class.” “The most awesome, kind-hearted person…

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How Does My Healthcare Plan Impact My Taxes?

This year tax day falls on April 18 which is a little later than normal, but still quickly approaching—especially if you haven’t filed yet. Since time is of the essence, we thought it would be helpful to provide answers to some of the more common tax questions as they relate to healthcare and tax forms.…

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Meet Our March 2017 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Mindy Beashore

It’s not by accident that the Kansas City metro region contains some of the most renowned school districts in the country: it’s thanks to the work of our exceptional educators and motivated students. We believe these heroes deserve recognition for their hard work, and that’s what we do every month with the Blue KC Sporting…

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CPC+: Leading Patient Care Innovation, Starting in Kansas City

The healthcare landscape is shifting– beginning with how we approach care delivery. To create a patient-focused, comprehensive healthcare experience requires an industry environment that promotes collaboration and innovation. Blue KC is continually exploring innovative approaches to achieve high-quality, affordable healthcare for our members. We’ve also collaborated with other payers, providers and federal agencies to embrace…

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Tips for a Good Doctor-Patient Relationship

From water-cooler chats to first dinner dates, we tend to get from a conversation what we put in. A two-way communication, after all, takes two. When it comes to your relationship with your doctor, then, are you more than a good listener? Do you also ask questions and mention hings about your health that he or…

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Girls on the Run Makes Lasting Impression

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) is proud to be a key partner for Girls on the Run (GOTR) of Greater Kansas City’s 5K events that reach more than 1,500 girls annually. Each season Blue KC provides scholarships for girls to participate in the program designed for third through eighth graders. The…

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Lowering Prescription Drug Costs

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) is partnering with Rx Savings Solutions to provide Blue KC members with state-of-the art healthcare software to help them save money on prescription drugs. Founded by pharmacist, Michael Rea, Rx Savings Solutions is revolutionizing healthcare by simplifying pharmacy. A few years ago, Michael helped an employee of a local…

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Take Action to Avoid the Flu

The flu can be miserable—and downright dangerous. People die from flu complications every year, so don’t forget your best defense against this common illness: getting your annual flu shot. The shot can help keep you from getting the flu and its related complications. Plus, getting vaccinated means you’ll be less likely to pass that nasty…

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Transforming Healthcare

With Blue Distinction Total Care, Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans are at the forefront of the shift toward higher-quality, more affordable healthcare for our members. Blue KC’s Medical Home program is utilizing new data channels that create a more holistic view of each patient’s health. Nationally, Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans are leaders…

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Where to Go for Medical Care

First Option: Primary Care Provider If the care you need is not an emergency, make an appointment with your Primary Care Provider (PCP). If you’re not sure if you require emergency care, contact your PCP to help you evaluate your symptoms and determine where you need to go. Wherever you receive care, you should notify…

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