The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) has announced the collective commitment of its 36 independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies to contribute comprehensive data on health care quality and costs to Blue Cross Blue Shield Axis, an industry-leading data capability unprecedented in scope and scale. BCBS says Axis will power the transformation of health care by providing insights and solutions for employers, consumers, and physicians to improve the quality and affordability of care.
This commitment vastly expands the volume of data included in BCBS Axis, which reflects more than $350 billion in annual claims along with 36 million provider records and more than 700,000 Blue Cross and Blue Shield patient reviews. The breadth of the data makes BCBS Axis the health care industry’s largest aggregated data resource and the only one that includes information from every ZIP Code in the United States.
The data include more than 2.3 billion procedures conducted annually from more than 20,000 health care facilities and 540,000 physicians. It allows Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates to equip employers, consumers, and physicians with accurate and actionable information based on vast data resources. Covering one in three Americans, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield system is uniquely positioned to provide insights and intelligence on health care quality and cost at the local, regional, and national levels by drawing on data from a network that includes more than 92 percent of physicians and 96 percent of hospitals nationwide.
“The depth, breadth, and scope of the data in BCBS Axis are unprecedented,” said Scott Serota, president and CEO of BCBSA. “Through our actionable data, and the speed at which it is available, we are leading a transformation of the health care system to improve the quality and affordability of care.”
BCBS Axis gives employers a deeper understanding of their workers’ health care needs and utilization. Employers can benchmark their organizations’ performance to deliver better patient outcomes and more affordable pricing. By leveraging the data, BCBS companies also help consumers gain access to reliable and accurate information on more doctors, hospitals, and procedures. This enables members to locate the right doctor at the best value and make better-informed, personalized health care decisions. The unmatched breadth of data in BCBS Axis also powers solutions for health care professionals by benchmarking care delivery patterns and driving more coordinated, patient-focused care that improves health outcomes.