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By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | August 10, 2003
Health insurance is a highly regulated industry, but state officials who oversee the industry have bumped up against a powerful entity they can't regulate - the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. In Maryland and North Carolina, regulators and legislators have been stymied at times in trying to deal with the local Blue Cross Blue Shield entity when the national association has threatened to pull its trademark and threaten the viability of the local insurer. "If there's a novel issue rising out of what happened in Maryland, it's the role of the association and the power that they have," said Steven B. Larsen, the former Maryland insurance commissioner whose scathing report halted CareFirst, the Blue Cross plan in Maryland, from converting to a for-profit company from nonprofit.
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By Jacques Kelly | March 11, 2010
Dr. Joseph Emmett Queen, a retired internist who was former medical director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, died of pneumonia Sunday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Mercy Ridge resident was 93. Born in Baltimore, he recalled his childhood in an autobiographical sketch. He grew up with silent movies at the Forest Theater near his Forest Park home. He carried Prohibition home-brew beer for his parents, bought a used 1927 Chevrolet for $25 in 1934 and sold it three years later to a scrap dealer for $4. He drove the car, which had a rumble seat, to the Chicago World's Fair.
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NEWS
December 16, 1990
Offices of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland, including the Medicare and subscriber customer service lobbies, will be closed all day Dec. 24, Christmas Eve; Dec. 25, Christmas Day; and Jan. 1, New Year's Day.Blue Cross and Blue Shield will be open all day Monday, New Year's Eve.Offices of the Columbia FreeState Health System, Blue Cross Blue Shield's HMO network, and Green Spring Mental Health Services, Blue Cross and Blue Shield's managed subsidiary for...
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun Reporter | August 23, 2008
Francis C. Ehart, a retired stationery company executive and former longtime Linthicum Heights resident, died Tuesday of a cerebral hemorrhage at the Hospice of the Chesapeake in Harwood. He was 93. Mr. Ehart was born in Baltimore and raised on Marshall Street. He attended city public schools until the eighth grade and later earned his General Educational Development diploma while attending night school. In 1931, Mr. Ehart began working as an office boy for D.N. Owens & Co. Inc., a Baltimore business forms company located on Calvert Street.
NEWS
June 27, 1995
Hospice Services receives $1,600 grantHospice Services of Howard County received a $1,600 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland to cover the design and printing costs for "Myths About Hospice Care."The brochure was created to address concerns about hospice care.For a free copy, call (410) 730-5072.
NEWS
December 30, 1990
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland offices, including the Medicare and subscriber customer service lobbies, will be closed all day on Tuesday, New Year's Day.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland offices will be open all day on Monday, New Year's Eve.Offices of the Columbia-FreeState Health System, Blue Cross and Blue Shield's HMO network, and Green Spring Mental Health Services -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield's managed mental health-care subsidiary --...
NEWS
March 22, 1991
Dr. Meyer EggnatzOrthodontistDr. Meyer Eggnatz, a retired dentist who had practiced orthodontics in Baltimore and then in Miami Beach, Fla., died Saturday at a Miami Beach hospital after a heart attack.Dr. Eggnatz, who was 84, practiced in Baltimore from 1928 until 1951, when he moved to Miami Beach and continued to practice another 30 years.During much of his time in Baltimore, he also had been an assistant professor of orthodontics at the University of Maryland dental school.A former international president of the Alpha Omega dental fraternity, he was a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and a founder of the dental school at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and of the dental clinic at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach.
BUSINESS
By Kevin L. McQuaid and Kevin L. McQuaid,Sun Staff Writer | January 7, 1995
The Ryland Group Inc. is expected to announce Monday that it has appointed William L. Jews to its 10-member board of directors.Mr. Jews, president and chief executive of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland Inc., would replace Ryland Chief Financial Officer Alan P. Hoblitzell Jr., who retired at the end of last year.Mr. Jews also is a director of NationsBank of Maryland, Crown Central Petroleum Corp. and Morgan State University.In addition, the 42-year-old executive chairs the Greater Baltimore Committee, a local business group.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | July 3, 1996
A phony psychologist who used falsified resumes to land high-paying jobs got his foot in the door again yesterday -- but this time it was a jail cell.Haroon R. Ansari, 36, was sentenced to 10 days in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center for violating his Maryland probation by using a phony resume to get an $87,000-a-year job as an executive with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan."Perhaps a few days in the cooler will convince Mr. Ansari that we are serious when we talk about zero tolerance for health care fraud -- whatever form it might take," said Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr.Mr.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | April 30, 1996
In Maryland, Haroon R. Ansari once told whopping lies on a resume that state officials never bothered to check and was named to a $62,000-a-year job as head of Crownsville Hospital Center.The would-be psychologist was declared a fraud, resigned in disgrace and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor last April, promising never to lie on a job application again.A week later, he sent his resume to officials with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan. Authorities said he told more whopping lies and got hired for over $80,000 a year, with his employer once again failing to conduct a background investigation.
NEWS
March 23, 2007
John M.T. Finney III, a retired Blue Cross and Blue Shield executive who had been active in Boy Scouts, died Sunday of pneumonia at the College Manor nursing home in Lutherville. The former longtime Roland Park resident was 85. Mr. Finney was born in Baltimore and raised on Circle Road in Ruxton. He was the son of Dr. John M.T. Finney Jr., a noted Baltimore surgeon who was a founder of Union Memorial Hospital. He was a 1942 graduate of McDonogh School and attended Princeton University.
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By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | July 10, 2005
Dr. Patricia Dubyoski spends time each day huddled in a hallway alcove at her Bel Air medical office, sorting through paperwork and stacks of patients' files. When she needs to make a notation about follow-up care, "I put a little sticky thing on here that says, `Repeat echocardiogram in spring 2007.' " That's about to change. Spurred by the prospect of a $100,000 payment from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Dubyoski's six-doctor office is expanding its use of electronic medical records - a computer system that, among other functions, will generate electronic reminders to patients when they need to be retested.
NEWS
May 14, 2004
Hume Opie Annan Jr., a retired vice president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland, died of cancer May 7 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland. He was 77 and a resident of Fort Ashby, W.Va., and formerly lived in Loch Raven Village. He was born in Tampa, Fla., and raised in Cumberland, and he worked his studies at Princeton University around merchant marine service in World War II. He graduated from the school in 1949 and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honors fraternity. After serving in the Army from 1950 to 1952, he moved to Baltimore and became vice president of corporate planning and research for Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
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By Kimberly A.C. Wilson and Kimberly A.C. Wilson,SUN STAFF | March 26, 2004
When a phalanx of lobbyists descended on Annapolis with the $1.3 billion proposal to sell Maryland's Blue Cross and Blue Shield to a California-based, for-profit corporation, Michael E. Busch was among the first lawmakers to raise a stink. Then a committee chairman, Busch decried the move as inconsistent with the mission of the state's largest nonprofit insurer. "I would encourage every citizen to contact their legislator on how they feel on this issue," he said in January 2002. Scores of citizens did, and the deal collapsed when it was revealed that the executives pushing for approval stood to gain lucrative bonuses.
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | November 5, 2003
DOVER, Del. - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Delaware presented its state insurance commissioner yesterday a plan under which it would remain affiliated with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield but would be able to divorce itself from the regional health insurer if it was unhappy with the results of Maryland's efforts to reform CareFirst. The reshaped relationship between the Delaware Blues and CareFirst gives the Delaware plan "control of our destiny in case things did not work out, while continuing to have the benefits of our successful affiliation," Max S. Bell Jr., board chairman of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Delaware (BCBSD)
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | August 10, 2003
Health insurance is a highly regulated industry, but state officials who oversee the industry have bumped up against a powerful entity they can't regulate - the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. In Maryland and North Carolina, regulators and legislators have been stymied at times in trying to deal with the local Blue Cross Blue Shield entity when the national association has threatened to pull its trademark and threaten the viability of the local insurer. "If there's a novel issue rising out of what happened in Maryland, it's the role of the association and the power that they have," said Steven B. Larsen, the former Maryland insurance commissioner whose scathing report halted CareFirst, the Blue Cross plan in Maryland, from converting to a for-profit company from nonprofit.
BUSINESS
By John Fairhall and John Fairhall,Sun Staff Writer | November 16, 1994
Proclaiming success in controlling patient costs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland yesterday reported a profit of $15.9 million for the third quarter of 1994, a 279 percent increase over the same period last year.Revenues for the period that ended Sept. 30 were $463 million, a 5.7 percent decrease that company officials attribute partly to rate cuts this summer. "It's something we're certainly focusing on," said Controller Gary C. Baker.Profits for the third quarter included $12.2 million from the company's traditional indemnity insurance business and $3.7 million from its five HMOs.
BUSINESS
By Stacey Evers and Stacey Evers,States News Service | February 12, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland has paid at least $8.8 million in Medicare claims even though other insurers are responsible for the bills, according to a recent government report.The General Accounting Office claims that the insurance company, which is the federal Medicare claims-processing contractor for the state, has done "little" to pursue recovery of the payments, which were made between 1983 and 1989.But Blue Cross and Blue Shield officials said the problem is budgetary: The federal government hasn't given them enough money or staffing to go after the primary insurers.
NEWS
July 20, 2003
Richard E. Gillespie, a retired Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland executive and philanthropist, died of cancer Thursday at the Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville. He was 87. Mr. Gillespie was born and raised in York, Pa., and after graduating from high school in 1933, moved to Baltimore, where he attended the Peabody Conservatory and the Johns Hopkins University. His college studies were interrupted by World War II. He enlisted in the Army, where he directed a jazz band that toured stateside military bases.
NEWS
June 14, 2003
Robert Reed Davis, a financial planner who had worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland, died of pancreatic cancer yesterday at his Lutherville home. He was 56. Mr. Davis was born in Baltimore and raised in Rodgers Forge. He was a 1964 graduate of St. Paul's School, where he was a first team All-Maryland lacrosse player. While studying at Brown University in Providence, R.I., he continued playing lacrosse and was an All-American in the sport. After earning his bachelor's degree in 1968, he studied psychology at Loyola College.
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