July 28, 2010
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Offers Healthy Options Care Management Program to Members with COPD
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is expanding its selection of Healthy Options care management programs to include one designed for members who want help managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to Michael D. Atwood, M.D., chief medical officer of the state’s largest health insurer.
Members who participate in this voluntary program receive one-on-one phone guidance and support from a certified, local nurse care manager regarding the importance of following their doctor's treatment plan, nutrition, diet, risk factors, medications and exercise.
“While there is no cure for COPD, our goal for this new program is to provide information to help members with COPD relieve symptoms, slow the progress of the disease, stay active and improve their overall health,” Dr. Atwood said. “While improving the quality of life of individual members is paramount, we also offer care management programs as a way to achieve efficient use of health care services, which is important for all our members.”
BCBSKS offers Healthy Options care management programs for members, ages 21 to 63, who have asthma, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or COPD. Members interested in the Healthy Options programs should call 1-800-520-3137 or visit www.bcbsks.com/resourceblue.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCBSKS is the state's largest health insurer, serving all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte.
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