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BCBSAZ names new Chief Medical Officer

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) welcomes Dr. Woodrow Myers, Jr. as chief medical officer and healthcare strategist. A recognized leader in all areas of population health management, Dr. Myers joined the company Jan. 2, and will continue the good work of our immediate past Chief Medical Officer Dr. Vishu Jhaveri, who recently retired.

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In This Issue

Healthcare legislation remains a hot topic for state and federal lawmakers

“Repeal and replace” is in the rear-view mirror, but congressional leaders are still pursuing bills that impact the healthcare insurance marketplace. And as the Arizona Legislature kicks off its 2018 session, state lawmakers are working on their fair share of healthcare-related proposals.

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Important formulary changes for diabetes drugs in February

Effective Feb. 1, 2018, BCBSAZ is making pharmacy formulary changes to the classifications of certain medications prescribed for the treatment of diabetes.

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Sublingual immunotherapy as a technique for allergen-specific therapy

BCBSAZ offers an important reminder of the FDA-approved sublingual therapies for the treatment of pollen-induced allergic rhinitis with or without conjunctivitis that are covered under a member’s pharmacy benefit.

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Filing claims for out-of-area BlueCard® members? Here’s what to do and how it works

Your practice may see members of the BlueCard Program, which enables members of one Blue Plan to obtain healthcare service benefits while traveling or living in another Blue Plan’s service area. It’s important to submit these claims to BCBSAZ — in this BlueCard Basics article, we guide you through the BlueCard claim process.

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Putting patients first: an executive summary of 2017 patient experience articles

Throughout 2017, we “put patients first” — exploring both patient-focused communication and practical ways to create a patient-first culture that builds trust and makes a positive difference.

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Our members can take helpful plan information with them wherever they go with the AZBlue Mobile app.


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