PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Regence has enhanced its member
online environment, the Regence Engine (myregence.com) with an open forum
called My Community, which allows members to interact in real-time
discussions on health and lifestyle topics and find helpful community
resources. Regence officials say it's another big step toward helping
members take charge of their health, better navigate the health care system
and make informed health decisions.
My Community message boards allows members to share their voices and
interact with one another, exchanging information and personal stories
about topics such as weight loss, fitness, parenting and nutrition. Members
can also speak their minds on topical and current events such as the E.coli
outbreak in spinach to banning trans fats in restaurants. Members can
choose to watch ongoing messages, join a conversation or start their own
discussion. Regence will also feature regular hosted message boards, where
participants can interact with experts on a variety of topics, including
fitness and smoking cessation.
"We are committed to helping build a healthier community, one that
starts with providing our members and their families with consumer-friendly
tools like the Regence Engine that help them stay healthy," said Will
McKinney, vice president of Consumer-Directed Health Systems for Regence.
"My Community furthers our goal of enhancing the Regence Engine to become a
place that members turn to as a trusted source of information that helps
them make informed decisions about their health care."
My Community also features a resource center where members can find
answers to commonly asked customer service questions and access local and
national health resources and support groups. Here, members can learn about
topics such as "Understanding Your Benefits." This feature helps members
understand common aspects of the health insurance industry, such as
insurance terminology, pre-authorization, member appeals, how to use a
benefit booklet, understanding your member card and pre-existing
conditions. The community resources section also connects members to
resources such as cancer support groups and smoking cessation help. Members
may log on to the Regence Engine at myregence.com to explore My Community.
About the Regence Engine
The Regence Engine (myregence.com) is designed to help advise members
on healthcare and lifestyle options, navigate them through the healthcare
system, and reward those who make healthier choices. With the Regence
Engine, members can find all their health-related resources in one place.
They can check their claims; get fitness and nutrition tips; learn about
medical conditions, medications and formulary information; search for
doctors; and research costs and care options. They can even earn Regence
Reward points-redeemable for gift certificates to hundreds of restaurants,
retailers, theaters and more-just for actively taking charge of their
About Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon provides medical, dental and
related coverage for about one million members in Oregon and in Clark
County, Washington. It's part of Regence, the largest health insurer in the
northwest and intermountain states, collectively covering nearly three
million people. Regence and its affiliates are not-for-profit independent
licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Nearly one in
three Americans has health care coverage through Blue Plans. For more
information, visit www.or.regence.com.
SOURCE Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon