Independence Blue Cross Continues to Lead the Way in Transformation of Health Care System

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 7, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With the presidential election now over, Independence Blue Cross President and CEO Daniel J. Hilferty said that the company looks forward to working with the Obama administration and with legislators on both sides of the aisle to tackle the issues of access and affordability of health care.

"Since before the Affordable Care Act was passed, we have long been committed to ensuring everyone has high-quality, affordable health care coverage and we will continue to lead the way in the transformation of our health care system," said Hilferty. "Our efforts will remain focused on rewarding quality care, improving outcomes for patients, lowering health care costs, and providing access to high quality, affordable health care, delivered through a superior customer experience in a way that will not disrupt coverage for our 3.1 million members."

Independence Blue Cross will continue to promote innovative approaches to prevention and wellness, support groundbreaking strategies for managing chronic disease, and reward physician and hospitals in the Philadelphia region for quality care. This model, called patient-centered care, rewards primary care doctors for higher quality and better coordination of care and has demonstrated results in better health outcomes, improved patient safety, fewer preventable hospital readmissions, and lower health care costs.

Independence Blue Cross will continue to work with policymakers on bipartisan solutions to improve our health care system, promote quality care, and make health care more affordable.

About Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania with 2.2 million members. With our affiliates, we have 3.1 million members nationwide. For nearly 75 years, we have been enhancing the health and wellness of the people and communities we serve by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness. To learn more about how we're changing the game, visit Connect with us on Facebook at and on Twitter at @ibx. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

CONTACT: Judimarie Thomas 215-241-2227 Judimarie.Thomas@ibx.comSource:Independence Blue Cross