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BlueShield of Northeastern NY strives to provide our network of provider practices and facilities with the most current health plan information in a quick and easily accessible manner.

  • COVID-19 Impact: Addressing Food Insecurity

    March 26, 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased food insecurity in the Capital Region. If some of your patients are struggling, there are many organizations stepping up to help. Here we highlight local resources and BlueShield health coaching services that can assist your patients in need.
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  • Mammography and COVID-19 Vaccination

    March 26, 2021

    Temporary swollen lymph nodes are an expected bodily response after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. New guidelines suggest considering when your patients have had, or are scheduled for, their COVID-19 vaccine when scheduling routine screening mammography.
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  • The Benefits of Creating an Online Account

    March 26, 2021

    Do you want easy access to important payment and incentive information as well as patient benefits? Create an online account with us. We’ve outlined some of the resources found on our BlueShield secure provider portal, along with instructions for creating an account with your own login and password.
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  • Coding for Early Intervention Services

    March 26, 2021

    Proper use of modifiers can help avoid claim denials and incorrect payments. As a reminder, Early Intervention Services (EIS) therapy claims must include the TL modifier on the claim in the first position.
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  • Documentation for Neoplasm Diagnosis

    March 26, 2021

    Accurate coding and documentation can tell us if your patient has active or past, benign or malignant neoplasm – important distinctions for your reimbursement and our records. In this article, we offer guidance for using the right ICD-10 codes for neoplasm diagnoses to help make sure you get paid correctly and promptly.
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  • 2021 Population Health Management

    March 02, 2021

    Our 2021 Population Health Management programs help your BlueShield patients manage acute or chronic illnesses to achieve better health outcomes. We review each patient’s case and plan benefits and connect them with one of our care managers who will help support your patient’s medical and psychosocial needs while reinforcing your care plan. You will be provided with updates on your patient when appropriate.
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  • Right Start Prenatal Support 2021

    March 02, 2021

    We provide the Right Start prenatal program and home visiting program free of charge to your BlueShield high risk patients in order to provide extra support, care and education to expecting mothers.
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  • Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Myths with Your Patients

    February 18, 2021

    As COVID-19 vaccine administration expands, we are aware of myths spreading on social media and elsewhere about the vaccine. You can play a key role in addressing misinformation with your patients. Here, we offer some patient-friendly resources to help you clear up some of these myths with your patients and encourage them to get vaccinated as soon they have the opportunity.
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  • Support for Your Patients’ Bone and Joint Health

    February 18, 2021

    We recognize the importance of musculoskeletal health and offer support for your BlueShield patients with musculoskeletal conditions. In this article, you can learn more about some of the resources we offer and find out how they can benefit your patients.
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  • Colorectal Cancer Screening During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    February 18, 2021

    Recent data have shown a decrease in colonoscopies and biopsies during the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in missed or delayed colorectal cancer diagnoses. More than ever, it’s important to make sure your patients get this preventive screening. This article highlights safe and effective colorectal cancer screening options available to your patients.
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