Initiatives & Programs

At Blue Cross, we take our social responsibility seriously. We strive to be good stewards of our resources by:

  • Investing and participating in the local community
  • Improving the health of all the people of Rhode Island
  • Recognizing and incorporating diversity and inclusion into our business practices
  • Minimizing our impact on the environment

Our community investment efforts focus on three main areas: ensuring access to care, improving quality of care, and improving the overall health of the community.

Ensuring Access to Care

Funding of Rhode Island's Safety Net for the Uninsured
Blue Cross provides significant funding to both the Rhode Island Free Clinic and Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic. Both clinics provide free medical care to the uninsured. Healthcare professionals volunteer at the Providence-based clinics and serve thousands of patients statewide.

Community Wellness Events
Throughout the year, Blue Cross hosts numerous community wellness events across Rhode Island. These events provide all Rhode Islanders with greater access to healthcare at no cost. During wellness events, Blue Cross brings many important services to those in need—including the uninsured and underserved—such as health screenings, health education, and information regarding insurance options. During the fall and winter months, we also hold community flu clinics, which bring free flu vaccinations to uninsured Rhode Islanders. For more information on these programs, please see community news.

BlueAngel Community Health Grants
Through our BlueAngel Community Health Grants, we provide financial support to organizations that address critical health issues impacting Rhode Islanders in need, particularly the uninsured, underinsured, and most vulnerable.

Improving Quality of Care

Blue Cross Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs)
We provide financial and in-kind support to help primary care practices transition to PCMHs. In this model, a primary care physician leads a team of healthcare professionals—including a nurse care manager—in helping patients improve their health and coordinate their care. Currently, over 300 Rhode Island-based primary care physicians are caring for more than 110,000 Blue Cross members in PCMHs.

Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative (CSI)
We were one of the original supporters providing financial investment to CSI, in which medical practices signed on to become patient-centered medical homes. This initiative began in 2008.

Primary Care Physician Loan Forgiveness Program
In 2009, we joined the Rhode Island Foundation and the Rhode Island Medical Society to create a $1.1 million loan forgiveness pool for primary care physicians (PCPs) and other professionals. The goal is to address the state’s shortage of these essential coordinators of care and enhance access to affordable, high-quality healthcare for all Rhode Islanders. The first funding partner to the initiative, Blue Cross has since contributed over $850,000 to continue the work of this important venture. This program provides a maximum of $20,000 a year toward medical student loans of PCPs who come to practice in Rhode Island.

Nurse Residency Program

In 2013, we funded a partnership with the University of Rhode Island Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation, along with other funders, to help support the state’s first Nurse Residency Program. This collaboration will focus on reviewing the current ways that healthcare systems transition new graduates into professional practice roles. It will build on and strengthen current best practices and provide a more effective bridge from the educational setting to the practice setting.

 

State Loan Repayment Program

The Rhode Island Primary Care Educational Loan Repayment program helps recruit new primary care professionals into our state to meet the healthcare needs of Rhode Islanders. The program was reinstated in 2013 due to a collaborative effort of Blue Cross, the Rhode Island Health Center Association, and other entities.

EHR Grant Program
In 2012, we contributed more than $160,000 to help primary care providers and community health centers implement electronic health records (EHRs). The use of EHRs can improve the quality of care and lower healthcare costs by ensuring providers have easier access to information needed to deliver high-quality care. The Blue Cross EHR Grant Program has provided over $500,000 to local PCPs for EHR implementation since 2009.

Rhode Island’s Health Information Exchange: currentcare
This secure electronic network gives doctors and other healthcare providers access to your most up-to-date health information—such as test results from medical labs, prescription drug records, and hospitalizations—so you can receive the best possible care. We’ve made a significant financial commitment over several years to support this important resource, which is contributing to the coordination of care across the state. Find out how to sign up for currentcare.

The Rhode Island Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Collaborative
We’ve made significant investments over several years in the ICU Collaborative. The collaborative aims to improve care for adult ICU patients by reducing length of stay, complications, and associated costs. Rhode Island is the first state in the nation to achieve 100 percent hospital and intensive care unit participation in such a project. Hospitals in Rhode Island care for more than 16,000 patients each year in the ICU setting. 

Improving the Overall Health of the Community

Environmental Campaign
At Blue Cross, we’re making every effort to live green. Our headquarters is a LEED® Gold-Certified facility and uses far less resources than a typical building of its size and operation.

Diversity & Inclusion Initiative
Our diversity and inclusion initiative helps us meet the changing needs of an increasingly diverse state.

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