CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee won two Best of Blue Awards at the recent Blue National Summit held in Chicago.

The BHI Spirit Awards both stemmed from inventive use of health data to reduce costs, while improving quality of care. The data comes from Blue Health Intelligence (BHI), a database of medical claims information from BlueCross BlueShield Association health plans across America.

“BHI is a powerful tool for improving health care delivery, and to have our work in this area recognized with these awards is a great honor,” said Soyal Momin, director of Research, Development and Consulting for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

One award was in the category of “Demonstration of Return on Investment and/or Business Development.” BlueCross was cited for using BHI data to identify new savings opportunities related to chronic conditions. BHI data provided comparisons to help identify variations in use and risk. Because BHI data gives BlueCross the unique ability to provide disease-specific benchmarks, these comparisons can help estimate possible cost savings for emergency room and inpatient use, and provide detailed data on specific conditions to determine factors that affect costs.

The other award was in the category of “Intra-plan Collaboration Across Multiple Business Functions.” BlueCross was recognized for having developed ways to include BHI data in reports that provide account groups with timely, practical insights and recommendations to improve quality, while reducing cost.

About BlueCross

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.