Wellness and Prevention

To achieve better health care, we must keep our members healthy to prevent the onset of chronic disease. That's why Anthem Blue Cross is working with health care providers and community based organizations to promote healthier lifestyles.

Wellness and Prevention

Quality Improvement

As the state's leading health plan, Anthem Blue Cross is finding new ways to coordinate with health care providers to improve the safety and quality of care patients receive, and to make health care more affordable.

Quality Improvement

Collaboration

At Anthem Blue Cross, we know creating a better, more sustainable health care system for California requires a team effort. Together, we can make the health system work better for all Californians.

Collaboration

Welcome to Partners for Health

Working Together for a Healthier California

As the state's leading health plan, Anthem Blue Cross is working hand-in-hand with doctors, hospitals, community organizations and the government to improve health care quality, promote prevention and wellness, and make health care more affordable.

Increasing vaccination rates among school-aged children. Teaching kids to make healthy lifestyle choices. Reducing infections among hospital patients. These are just a few of the many ways we partner for better health.

Patient Safety First Initiative

Collaborating with California's regional hospital associations and the National Health Foundation, Anthem was vital to the creation of the Patient Safety First initiative to improve consistency and quality of hospital care for patients, reduce the risk of infections, and save lives.

In its first year, the Patient Safety First initiative has already proven successful. The initiative has:

  • Saved 800 lives by significantly reducing rates of common hospital infections.
  • Facilitated the sharing of best practices between more than 1,600 clinicians working in 160 hospitals, which led to safety and quality improvements for patients.
  • Improved quality and safety for patients, saving an estimated $11 million in health care costs.
Whooping Cough Vaccinations

In 2010, California experienced its most devastating whooping cough outbreak since 1947. The outbreak sickened over 9,000 people and killed 10 infants. To prevent future outbreaks, California lawmakers passed a law requiring all students in 7th – 12th grades to be vaccinated against whooping cough within the first 30 days of the start of the school year.

Anthem partnered with several school districts to help California families meet these new vaccine requirements. Hundreds of vaccinations were provided free-of-charge, helping keep kids in school and protect them from this infectious, contagious disease.

Triple Play Fit Family Challenge

Eating right and being physically active helps Californians live healthier lives. That's why Anthem partners with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to sponsor the Triple Play program. A proven health and wellness program, Triple Play helps kids eat healthier, become more physically active and increase their ability to engage in healthy relationships.

The success of the Triple Play program speaks for itself. A recent study of more than 2,000 children ages 9 – 14 who attend Boys & Girls Clubs showed that Triple Play kids exercise more, eat healthier foods and feel better about themselves. Triple Play kids also get 90 percent of the federally recommended amount of daily exercise (60 minutes a day for children) as compared to their peers who get an average of 78 percent.

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Improving Quality, Promoting Wellness

Anthem is also partnering with organizations to improve prenatal care, encourage healthier eating and physical activity and keep our members healthy to prevent the onset of chronic disease .

  • Anthem is working with Sharp Community Medical Group, Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers and Graybill Medical Group in San Diego, HealthCare Partners in Torrance and Santa Clara County IPA to offer members an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), aimed at improving patient health outcomes, satisfaction and value. The pilot program offers coordinated, seamless medical care by facilitating collaboration among physicians and the health plan.
  • Anthem is a major supporter of the March of Dimes as they work to enhance prenatal care, decrease unnecessary early elective deliveries and reduce the risks associated with premature births.
  • Anthem is partnering with the OASIS Institute to bring its CATCH Healthy Habits program to Sourthern California. CATCH is a unique intergenerational health program that pairs older adults with children to encourage healthier eating and physical activity.
  • Since 2009, Anthem, through the WellPoint Foundation, has participated in a partnership with the American Diabetes Foundation to raise widespread awareness of diabetes risk factors. The program includes tools for community organizations to reduce the behaviors that lead to diabetes.

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