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Confessions of a CEO: 3 COVID lessons that changed my outlook on leadershipopens in new window
After more than 30 years in my career, and well before the pandemic, I was unconvinced that a remote or hybrid workforce could really work for us. In fact, many things I thought I knew about culture, collaboration in a workplace setting, relationships with customers, and people’s capacity for change, came crashing down … in the best possible way.
13
Jul
2021
azbigmedia.com
The Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2021opens in new window
There are many adjectives that could be used to describe each of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2021. Intelligent. Inventive. Independent. But also supportive.
01
Jul
2021
azbigmedia.com
BCBSAZ Grants Address Substance Use Disordersopens in new window
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ), through its Mobile AZ Initiative, has granted $565,000 to seven community organizations throughout the state that provide programs and services to address substance use disorders with at least one of three complicating factors: COVID-19, social determinants of health and/or co-occurring mental health conditions. Between 2017 and 2021, Arizona has seen an estimated 65,982 opioid overdoses resulting in 9,053 deaths.
25
Jun
2021
inbusinessphx.com
Vaccination rates drop, but officials still hopeful state can hit goalopens in new window
Christ said the department coordinated with Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Arizona Diamondbacks on a vaccination event on Saturday, June 5, at Chase Field. Arizonans 12 and older who get the Pfizer vaccine got a chance to run the bases and got a free ticket to a future Diamondbacks game.
07
Jun
2021
www.kold.com
Helping youth overcome stress, become leadersopens in new window
During the past year, mental health has worsened due to the pandemic and various associated stressors, especially within our youth population. According to a 2021 State of Mental Health in America report, youth between the ages of 11 and 17 have been more likely than any other age group to experience moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety and depression.
01
Jun
2021
azcapitoltimes.com
Deanna Salazar Is Dedicated to Serviceopens in new window
Even as a child, Deanna Salazar knew what she wanted out of a career—opportunities to help improve others’ lives. Today, she fulfills that passion in her role as chief administration officer and general counsel at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ), as well as through her various positions as a board member for organizations such as Teach For America and Expect More (now known as College Success Arizona). These opportunities have enabled her to drive change at both the individual and community level.
31
May
2021
hispanicexecutive.com
Free family vaccine event to be held at Chase Field on June 5opens in new window
In an effort to reach those who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine yet, the state has partnered with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona to hold a free vaccination event at Chase Field on Saturday, June 5 -- and free baseball tickets are up for grabs.
25
May
2021
www.abc15.com
Coyotes + BCBSAZ and Sharecare Launch Small Business Spotlightopens in new window
The Arizona Coyotes Foundation recently announced that it has partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and Sharecare to launch a “Small Business Spotlight” initiative that will highlight five Arizona-based small businesses during the 2021-22 NHL season.
24
May
2021
inbusinessphx.com
The pandemic’s impact on mental health among Arizona youthopens in new window
Youth4Youth recently received a grant for more than $80,000 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona to implement school-based prevention programs and establish a Drug-Free Communities Coalition.
22
May
2021
azbigmedia.com
Buck selected by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona for retirement consulting servicesopens in new window
Buck, an integrated HR and benefits consulting, technology, and administration services firm, today announced that it was selected by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) to provide a range of retirement, actuarial, and Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) consulting services.
13
May
2021
www.morningstar.com
Pyx Health Signs Partnership Agreement with Health Choice Arizona to Combat Loneliness Among Plan's Most Vulnerable Membersopens in new window
Pyx Health, a tech-enabled services company that provides health plans and their members an innovative, scalable solution that effectively addresses the nation's critical loneliness epidemic, announced today that it has contracted with Health Choice Arizona to combat loneliness and social isolation among the plan's most vulnerable members.
12
May
2021
markets.businessinsider.com
The Doctor Will Skype You Nowopens in new window
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBS Arizona) has seen a 4,800 percent increase in telemedicine use among its 1.7 million patient members.
06
May
2021
www.tucsonlifestyle.com
Glendale youth organization gets grant to help address substance use disordersopens in new window
A Glendale organization is one of seven throughout the state to which Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is granting $565,000 to provide programs and services to address substance use disorders.
02
May
2021
yourvalley.net
A look at how Blues plans are aiming to get their members vaccinatedopens in new window
As a number of states open vaccine eligibility to more adults, Blues insurers across the country are aiming to be a community resource to ensure shots are administered.
18
Apr
2021
www.fiercehealthcare.com
Pollen seasons worsening as temperatures warm up: Steps you can take to stay healthyopens in new window
If you are an allergy sufferer, Dr. James Napoli with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona recommends staying indoors and trying to avoid pollen altogether.
08
Apr
2021
www.abc15.com
More than 89,000 uninsured Arizonans may be eligible for health insurance plans with lower or no-cost premiumsopens in new window
The subsidy expansion under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 could allow more than 89,000 uninsured Arizonans to be eligible for health insurance plans with lower or no-cost premiums, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ).
05
Apr
2021
www.kold.com
Ranking Arizona: Top 10 healthiest employers for 2021opens in new window
Here are the Top 10 healthiest employers in Arizona, based on public voting for the 2021 edition of Ranking Arizona, the state’s biggest and most comprehensive business opinion poll.
30
Mar
2021
azbigmedia.com
4 Unexpected Ways Health Insurers Are Combatting The COVID-19 Pandemicopens in new window
At the heart of the effort are the volunteers—nearly 400 each day—staffed, organized and managed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) in an unprecedented public-private partnership.
29
Mar
2021
www.forbes.com
What 5 BCBS companies are doing to help distribute COVID-19 vaccinesopens in new window
3. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona partnered with the state to help staff and manage hundreds of volunteers at two of the state's three mass vaccination sites.
25
Mar
2021
www.beckershospitalreview.com
What happens if you get COVID between vaccine doses?opens in new window
“If you do contract COVID between the first and second shots, the first thing I’ll say is, absolutely get the second shot,” says Dr. Piyush Gupta. He says patients do need to wait for their 10- to 14-day quarantine to end, but do not need to test negative prior to getting their second dose.
19
Mar
2021
www.abc15.com
Why is there a waiting period between receiving other vaccines and COVID vaccine?opens in new window
Currently, the recommendation is to wait a minimum of two weeks after you get another type of vaccine (for flu, pneumonia, shingles, etc.) before you get the COVID shot. We wanted to know why there was that mandatory two-week waiting period, so we took that question to Dr. Piyush Gupta.
10
Mar
2021
www.abc15.com
MCCCD ANNOUNCES CHANDLER-GILBERT COMMUNITY COLLEGE AS NEW STATE-RUN VACCINATION SITEopens in new window
The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is pleased to announce that Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) has transitioned to an Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS)-run COVID-19 vaccination point-of-dispensing (POD) site.
09
Mar
2021
azednews.com
Hope delivered with a vaccine every 10 seconds in Arizonaopens in new window
Vaccinations mean that hope is here, and Arizona’s recovery has been jumpstarted with one of the highest-volume, 24/7 vaccine sites in the country at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. With more than 8,000 vaccines administered every day … about one every 10 seconds … Arizonans have come together in a colossal act of love.
03
Mar
2021
azbigmedia.com
Insurers to Help At-Risk Older Americans Get COVID-19 Vaccinesopens in new window
So far, 15 health insurance organizations have signed on to the Vaccine Community Connects pilot program. Beginning this week, these insurers will reach out to their members, with a focus on people living in the country's most at-risk vulnerable and underserved areas, including African American and Hispanic communities.
03
Mar
2021
www.aarp.org
Double masking: Expert talks effectiveness of wearing two masks and how to do it properlyopens in new window
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recently came out with guidance about "double masking" as a way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it turns out, two masks may be better than one --but it all depends on what kind of masks you're wearing and if you're wearing them properly. We asked ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Piyush Gupta about this to see if it was worth it.
22
Feb
2021
www.abc15.com
Doctor talks COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness, what happens after each doseopens in new window
How quickly does your immunity develop once you get the COVID-19 vaccine?
18
Feb
2021
www.abc15.com
Frontline workers, volunteers awarded by BCBSAZopens in new window
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is recognizing frontline heroes in the state who have gone above and beyond to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
15
Feb
2021
yourvalley.net
Health insurance enrollment through Affordable Care Act reopensopens in new window
Arizonans who may have lost their health insurance but earn too much to qualify for Medicaid can go to HealthCare.gov to sign up. There are no special circumstances needed and you have until May 15 to do so.
15
Feb
2021
www.abc15.com
Why does my arm hurt more after the second COVID-19 vaccine dose?opens in new window
We spoke to our Health Insider Dr. Piyush Gupta about this same topic this week and about reports from some that their arms have hurt more after receiving the second COVID-19 vaccination.
11
Feb
2021
www.abc15.com
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona awards $30,000 to frontline workers, $60,000 to organizationsopens in new window
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona recognized frontline workers in the state who have gone above and beyond to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization announced in a news release Wednesday.
10
Feb
2021
kvoa.com
Vaccinators describe what it's really like to administer COVID-19 shots: 'These are the moments that you dream about'opens in new window
"I've been practicing medicine for a couple of years now. This is one of the most gratifying things I've ever been able to have the privilege of doing in my career," Dr. Piyush Gupta, a volunteer at the State Farm Stadium vaccination site in Glendale, Arizona, told Insider.
09
Feb
2021
www.businessinsider.com
Remarks by President Biden and Vice President Harris During Tour of the State Farm Stadium Vaccination Site in Glendale, Arizonaopens in new window
Today, we want to show you what it looks like on the ground, in Glendale, Arizona. We’re going to do a tour of State Farm Stadium, which started giving its first shots on January 11.
08
Feb
2021
www.whitehouse.gov
President Biden, VP Harris to virtually tour State Farm Stadium vaccine siteopens in new window
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will virtually tour the state-run COVID-19 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium on Monday, the White House announced Sunday evening.
07
Feb
2021
ktar.com
Herd immunity and what it means during the COVID-19 pandemicopens in new window
"Herd immunity is based on how contagious a virus is," explains Dr. Piyush Gupta with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.
05
Feb
2021
www.abc15.com
Health experts answer your questions about COVID-19 vaccineopens in new window
ABC15 spoke with experts Wednesday morning to answer some of your most pressing questions about the coronavirus vaccine, the process of getting vaccinated, and more.
03
Feb
2021
www.abc15.com
What side effects to expect after getting the COVID-19 vaccineopens in new window
ABC15 talked to Dr. Piyush Gupta with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona who has also been volunteering his own time to get the vaccine in even more arms. We caught up with him recently at State Farm Stadium.
01
Feb
2021
www.abc15.com
$500k Substance Abuse Grant Awarded to Community Organizations Fighting Opioid Epidemicopens in new window
Blue Cross© Blue Shield© of Arizona is awarding up to $500,000 in grants to assist organizations that are fighting the opioid epidemic and substance use disorder by increasing access to life-saving services.
11
Jan
2021
inbusinessphx.com
State Farm Stadium to transform into massive 24/7 vaccination siteopens in new window
The State of Arizona is planning to use State Farm Stadium as a massive COVID-19 vaccination center following a slow rollout of vaccinations statewide.
08
Jan
2021
www.azfamily.com
Here are the winners of the Az Business Angels Awardsopens in new window
Az Business Angels magazine has cast a spotlight on the nonprofits, individuals, business leaders, and organizations that are making the biggest impact on our communities with its second annual Az Business Angels Awards.
07
Jan
2021
azbigmedia.com