Take Care Health SystemsSM Now Accepting Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City Health Insurance
Take Care Health Centers now accepting all plans from BCBSKC, the largest health insurer in Kansas City; Plan members now only need to pay a co-pay when visiting the newly opened in-store health clinics in the metro area.
KANSAS CITY, (JANUARY 4, 2006) Take Care Health SystemsSM announced today that their nine Take Care Health Center locations in the greater Kansas City area have begun accepting Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (BCBSKC) insurance plans. This announcement means that local residents who have BCBSKC coverage will now only need to pay their co-pay when visiting any Take Care Health Center in greater Kansas City.
All BCBSKC plan members are eligible. All BCBSKC plans now being accepted at area Take Care Health Centers:
- Blue-Advantage Plus
- Preferred-Care Blue
Take Care Health Centers also accept the following insurance plans:
- Medicare (Traditional/Part B)
- Freedom Network
- Freedom Network Select
- BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Federal Employee Program
Here's how it works when a patient visits Take CareSM: If insured by a BCBSKC plan, Medicare (Traditional/Part B), Freedom Network or Freedom Network Select, patients will owe the cost of their co-pay at the time of their treatment. If a patient is uninsured or is insured by a plan not currently in the Company's network, the full price of the visit is requested at the time of treatment (price average $48-$68). Patients will receive a receipt that they may be able to submit to their insurance company or to track for tax purposes. Take Care Health Centers accept cash, credit and debit cards, but no personal checks.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City is the largest health insurer in the metro area and the only not-for-profit commercial health insurer in Kansas City, covering more than 880,000 residents in 32 counties in the greater Kansas City area and Northwest Missouri. This agreement means that coverage holders seeking treatment for common ailments at Take Care Health Centers will simply pay their co-pay.
"The goal of Take Care is to provide patients with a health care experience that is convenient, high-quality, elegant, and affordable," said Peter Miller, President and CEO of Take Care. "Our relationship with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Kansas City's leading insurance provider, demonstrates that Take Care is truly a valuable option for everyone the insured and uninsured alike. You can expect more announcements of relationships with local insurers in the near-term."
Take Care Health Centers are professionally furnished family health care clinics with two private exam rooms, located near the pharmacy within nine Osco Drug stores in Greater Kansas City. Take Care Nurse Practitioners utilize sophisticated medical software to follow clear clinical protocols based on guidelines established by the medical community to diagnose, treat, and write commonly used prescriptions for standard family illnesses in each Care Center. Illnesses treated by Take Care Nurse Practitioners include strep throat, eye, ear and sinus infections, seasonal allergies, poison ivy and other skin rashes, insect bites and urinary tract infections. Beyond treatment of common ailments, Take Care Health Centers will provide diagnostic screenings for conditions such as diabetes and cholesterol. Vaccinations to be offered in 2006 include those for tetanus, diphtheria, influenza and meningitis. Take Care Health Centers treat patients over the age of 24 months and no appointments are necessary.
Nine Take Care Health Centers are open in the Greater Kansas City area:
- Independence: 3848 S. Noland Rd.
- Kansas City: 5314 N.W. 64th St.
- Kansas City: 330 N.E. Barry Rd.
- Kansas City: 2948 Main St.
- Kansas City: 7003 E. Bannister Rd.
- Kansas City: 8101 State Ave.
- Leawood: 11729 Roe Ave.
- Overland Park: 7501 Metcalf Ave.
- Overland Park: 3701 W. 95th St.
Take Care's goal is to have the majority of insured lives in greater Kansas City covered by a visit to Take Care. In addition to BCBSKC recent contract with Take Care, other Kansas City health insurance plans are committed to covering Take Care patient visits in 2006.
About Take Care Health SystemsSM
By working with national retail pharmacies across the nation, focusing on collaboration with traditional healthcare channels and leveraging best�in-class technology, Take Care Health Systems of Conshohocken, PA is bringing high-quality, convenient and affordable healthcare to all Americans. Take Care's vision is to marry best practices in medicine and the expertise and personal care of Take Care Nurse Practitioners with world-class customer service, filling a critical need in America by providing easy access to healthcare. The company's nurse practitioners focus exclusively on diagnosis, treatment, screenings and vaccinations for common family illnesses. From providing an easy entry point to healthcare to a pathway to electronic medical records, Take Care believes its care model has the potential to revolutionize healthcare delivery both by bringing more individuals into healthcare and ultimately lowering costs within the system. The firm was co-founded by noted entrepreneur Hal Rosenbluth, a travel industry expert on customer service, and skilled consumer marketing executive, Peter Miller, a former Johnson & Johnson consumer healthcare leader. For more information on the company please visit www.takecarehealth.com.
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