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Capital BlueCross, Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians Partner to Improve Delivery of Primary Care

Capital BlueCross and the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) have formed a partnership unique to this region that allows the two organizations to focus on improving health care for patients and their families.

Through this professional commitment, Capital BlueCross expects to enhance its relationship with the physicians in the region through a focused approach to better understand the needs of the physician community when it comes to the delivery of health care. The two organizations expect the collaboration to result in improved coordination of health care and patient health outcomes. The initial efforts between Capital BlueCross and the PAFP will focus on the importance of early detection treatment, and prevention of chronic diseases.

“Insurers and physicians have the common goal of improving care and services to members,” said Dr. Jennifer Chambers, Capital BlueCross Medical Director. “By collaborating on such initiatives, our respective organizations can provide even more effective outcomes for health care consumers. Who better to partner with than the PAFP, the state’s only organization dedicated to family physicians?”

“We are very excited about this collaboration with Capital BlueCross,” said Janine Owen, PAFP Vice President of Education and Academia. “There is no doubt that our physician members, their patients and families will benefit from this partnership.”

As an early initiative resulting from this partnership, Capital BlueCross is sponsoring educational programs as part of the PAFP State College Breakaway Conference, scheduled for March 11-13, 2011 in State College. The selected educational sessions focus on two common chronic health conditions: Osteoporosis Management and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Information on the PAFP State College Breakaway Conference can be found by going to www.pafp.com/CME.

Capital BlueCross is the leading health insurer in its region, providing health insurance coverage to residents in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Capital BlueCross is committed to making health insurance simple for its customers and members through all the stages of life by offering nationally acclaimed customer service and a full range of innovative benefit programs for groups and individuals at competitive prices.

By establishing a culture of caring, Capital BlueCross constantly strives to do more in order to deliver more for the men, women and children who depend on the company for their health insurance needs. Capital BlueCross has been providing health security to the people and communities of central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley for more than 70 years and employs about 2,000 people in the region.

Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.