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June 29, 1993
GraceCare Health Systems of Columbia has joined the participating provider network of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland.Located at 6334 Cedar Lane, GraceCare specializes in developing and operating programs that manage medically complex patients such as those who are dependent on ventilators.GraceCare offers a medical rehabilitation team that includes physicians, specialty nurses, physical therapists and speech pathologists.Specially equipped post-acute care units, coma management and extended care programs are other services provided by GraceCare.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | October 10, 2009
James Daniel Nolan, a retired lawyer and former president of Blue Shield of Maryland who landed at Normandy with the 1st Infantry Division on D-Day, died Wednesday of cancer at Mercy Ridge in Timonium. He was 86. Mr. Nolan, the son of Irish immigrant parents, was born in Baltimore and raised on McKean Avenue and later in Howard Park. "His father was a streetcar motorman for United Railways and Electric Company, and his mother was a housekeeper," said a son, Stephen J. Nolan, a Towson lawyer and a Timonium resident.
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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
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.
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.
BUSINESS
By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,SUN STAFF | April 1, 1997
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland and its District of Columbia counterpart formally filed yesterday for regulatory approval to combine operations and market health insurance plans regionally in Maryland, the district and Northern Virginia.The filing sets in motion a promised in-depth review of the proposal by the Maryland Insurance Commission, the District of Columbia Insurance Administration and, eventually, consumer groups and the public.Under the merger agreement, Blue Cross Blue Shield of the National Capital Area, based in the District of Columbia, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland, based in Owings Mills, would operate under a not-for-profit holding company.
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.
BUSINESS
By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,SUN STAFF | December 29, 1995
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland was given the green light yesterday by the state insurance commissioner to create a profit-oriented subsidiary to market health insurance in two potentially lucrative markets, Prince George's and Montgomery counties.The state's largest health insurer had originally sought approval for a much larger for-profit venture, but state regulators rejected that proposal. Yesterday's decision by Maryland Insurance Commissioner Dwight K. Bartlett III allows Blue Cross to create a for-profit venture, albeit with a much more limited scope.
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | December 5, 1996
State hospital rate regulators proposed yesterday revising a discount program for "insurers of last resort" that critics say provides a multimillion-dollar windfall for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland.Also, the rate-setters released preliminary estimates for adjusting rates that the Maryland Hospital Association said could lead to cuts of as much as 5 percent at some Maryland hospitals next year.The discount program currently provides a 4 percent break on hospital charges to insurers that offer "open enrollment" coverage to all comers, regardless of their medical history.
NEWS
October 27, 1992
Bad news for top executives of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland: The previously quiescent board of directors has canceled their annual bonuses, terminated corporate membership in a posh golf club, put the insurer's Oriole Park skybox up for sale and folded the Blues' Preakness Day hospitality tent at Pimlico. Even more ominous are indications that there may be more substantive changes forthcoming from the board.It's about time. Until recently, this board sat on its hands, rubber-stamping a management that lost tens of millions of dollars for the Blues in risky subsidiary ventures, approved the payment of inflated salaries and lavish perks to its own top executives and withheld vital data on the company's operations from state regulators.
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | November 26, 1997
The District of Columbia insurance commissioner should take steps to conserve charitable assets of the D.C. Blue Cross plan and to block potential executive severance payouts of as much as $3 million, the D.C. corporation counsel has recommended.The corporation counsel -- the district's equivalent of an attorney general -- called for a number of conditions to be imposed if Commissioner Patrick Kelly approves a "business combination agreement" between the D.C. plan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland.
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | November 23, 1997
Some organizations would be honored to be called charitable. Blue Cross plans may take offense at the designation.The District of Columbia Blue Cross plan "is not, and to my knowledge never has been, engaged in charitable activity," Larry C. Glasscock, its chief executive officer, stated in response to questions from the D.C. Office of Corporation Counsel.Similarly, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland says it isn't a charity, and never has been.But as the Maryland and D.C. plans seek regulatory approval for a "business combination," consumer groups are, in effect, accusing them of being charitable.
BUSINESS
By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,SUN STAFF | April 1, 1997
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland and its District of Columbia counterpart formally filed yesterday for regulatory approval to combine operations and market health insurance plans regionally in Maryland, the district and Northern Virginia.The filing sets in motion a promised in-depth review of the proposal by the Maryland Insurance Commission, the District of Columbia Insurance Administration and, eventually, consumer groups and the public.Under the merger agreement, Blue Cross Blue Shield of the National Capital Area, based in the District of Columbia, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland, based in Owings Mills, would operate under a not-for-profit holding company.
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | January 19, 1997
For Blue Cross plans, there's no inoculation against a rapidly changing health care marketplace.There are 10 pending consolidations of Blue Cross plans; the Maryland plan and its counterpart based in the District of Columbia were added to the list last week with the announcement that they are merging operations. In addition, two Blue Cross plans -- in Georgia and California -- have converted to for-profit status, and three others have for-profit conversions in process.Hard-driving HMOs and other managed care plans have grabbed market share and shaken up relationships among patients, doctors, hospitals and insurers.
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | December 5, 1996
State hospital rate regulators proposed yesterday revising a discount program for "insurers of last resort" that critics say provides a multimillion-dollar windfall for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland.Also, the rate-setters released preliminary estimates for adjusting rates that the Maryland Hospital Association said could lead to cuts of as much as 5 percent at some Maryland hospitals next year.The discount program currently provides a 4 percent break on hospital charges to insurers that offer "open enrollment" coverage to all comers, regardless of their medical history.
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | February 16, 1996
Blue Cross and Blue Shield retirees are suing the health insurer for cutting their health insurance."This is a company built entirely on its promise to pay benefits, and they have failed to keep that promise to their own people," said Frederick A. Burdette, one of the plaintiffs in the case and president of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Retirees Club.In two related lawsuits filed this month in Baltimore Circuit Court, the retirees charge that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland failed to keep written and implied promises to maintain benefits for retirees.
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | February 16, 1996
Blue Cross and Blue Shield retirees are suing the health insurer for cutting their health insurance."This is a company built entirely on its promise to pay benefits, and they have failed to keep that promise to their own people," said Frederick A. Burdette, one of the plaintiffs in the case and president of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Retirees Club.In two related lawsuits filed this month in Baltimore Circuit Court, the retirees charge that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland failed to keep written and implied promises to maintain benefits for retirees.
NEWS
By John Fairhall and John Fairhall,Sun Staff Writer | November 23, 1994
In an ambitious bid to remain competitive, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland has asked state regulators to approve a drastic reorganization that would transform a historically nonprofit, public service company into a predominantly for-profit corporation accountable to stockholders.Blue Cross wants to start a new for-profit insurance business, create a new insurance sales agency and raise $40 million to $50 million through a sale of stock next spring, according to documents released yesterday by the state insurance commissioner's office.
BUSINESS
By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,SUN STAFF | December 29, 1995
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland was given the green light yesterday by the state insurance commissioner to create a profit-oriented subsidiary to market health insurance in two potentially lucrative markets, Prince George's and Montgomery counties.The state's largest health insurer had originally sought approval for a much larger for-profit venture, but state regulators rejected that proposal. Yesterday's decision by Maryland Insurance Commissioner Dwight K. Bartlett III allows Blue Cross to create a for-profit venture, albeit with a much more limited scope.
BUSINESS
By John Fairhall And Jay Hancock and John Fairhall And Jay Hancock,Sun Staff Writers | November 24, 1994
State Insurance Commissioner Dwight K. Bartlett III said yesterday he has no immediate objections to a proposal by historically nonprofit Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland to sell stock as part of a sweeping corporate reorganization."
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