Presentation by Blue Cross Blue Shield Information Scientist

Utilization and Substitution of Urgent Care, Emergency Departments, and Primary Care Physicians

At Blue Cross Blue Shield we are always looking to reduce healthcare costs. One driver of high costs is that many individuals receive medical care at emergency rooms when urgent care centers and primary care offices may be more appropriate sites of care.  Laurel will review some of our analysis in this area, including why this is important to explore, as well as discuss several modeling approaches being considered.

Presenter: Laurel Trantham, Informatics Scientist BCBS

Location: Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (big glass building on[masked] near intersection with I-40)

Address: 1830 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd. Chapel Hill, NC

Driving Directions from I-40:
From Raleigh – take I-40 to exit 270.  Turn left onto US 15/501(Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.) headed toward Chapel Hill.  Drive over the overpass through the first light. Get in the far left turning lane to turn left at the next light onto East Lakeview Drive (the entrance to Red Roof Inn will be on your left, there is no street sign on the left to indicate the street name).  Take that 1st right on West Lakeview Drive, then turn right into BCBSNC employee parking lot, parking in any of the vacant spaces.

From Greensboro – take I-40 to exit 270.  Turn right onto US 15/501(Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.) headed toward Chapel Hill.  Immediately get in the far left turning lane to turn left at the 1st light onto East Lakeview Drive (the entrance to Red Roof Inn will be on your left, there is no street sign on the left to indicate the street name).  Take that 1st right on West Lakeview Drive, then turn right into BCBSNC employee parking lot, parking in any of the vacant spaces.


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  • Melinda T.

    And here's the information on Definitive Screening Designs (which we talked about afterward but had nothing to do with the presentation).

    http://blogs.sas.com/content/jm...­

    1 · August 25

  • Melinda T.

    Our speaker's model from last week was actually a great use case for generalized linear mixed models: http://bit.ly/1sq2Drj­

    1 · August 25

    • Jim

      Any chance the slides can be shared? (Sorry if I'm just not looking in the right place.)

      August 25

    • mark h.

      Melinda, Please share links to the work/research you discussed at the after meeting.

      August 25

  • Melinda T.

    This was a great event! Thanks so much to our wonderful hosts!

    August 23

  • Jake V.

    Ed: so bummed I can't go. I'll be in Boston-- I have a clustering gig up here with the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. We should catch up though when I'm back in NC next month, haven't talked since the Physics days at NCSU.

    August 20

    • Melinda T.

      We missed you, Jake. Looking forward to seeing you back in NC!

      August 23

  • mark h.

    good

    August 23

  • mark h.

    Fighting Snakes portion of your thesis defense:
    http://www.mcsweeneys.net/artic...­

    August 22

  • Greg

    Very interesting topic, great presentation and discussion. Thanks!

    August 22

  • Steve B.

    The presentation was excellent.

    1 · August 22

  • Rock P.

    I'm in the middle of Project Week for the Data Science Specialization on Coursera, and cannot make it

    August 21

  • Melinda T.

    Hi everyone! The address given by Meetup is wrong. You want to go to 1830 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd in Chapel hill

    August 21

  • mark h.

    should we eat beforehand?

    August 21

  • mark h.

    If your colleagues are into Big Data, please tell them about this RTP 180 event:
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rtp...­

    August 16

  • Phillip J.

    I have a meeting conflict, also in Chapel Hill. The Carolinas chapter of TDWI is meeting, and space time laws prevent me from attending both meetings.

    1 · August 15

  • mark h.

    It will be good to see the inside of the building one last time.

    August 13

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