Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois earns honors for preventing readmissions

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois has received a bronze award in the Health Plan category from the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission, for its Preventing Readmissions through Effective Partnerships (PREP) program.


URAC announced the winners last week of the 2013 Best Practices Awards, which was held during the organization's annual summit in Washington, DC.


BCBSIL and the Illinois Hospital Association created the PREP program, focusing on redesigning hospital discharge processes, improving transitions of care, developing palliative care programs, reducing readmissions from infections and measuring reductions in readmissions.


BSBSIL is the largest health insurance company in Illinois and has 7.5 million members.