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Anthem succeeds in bid to cut costs
San Diego Union-Tribune

Sometimes, paying more upfront can cost less in the long run.

That has been the case for a collaborative effort of the state’s largest for-profit health insurance company and a handful of doctor groups that worked to coordinate the care of 200,000 patients with multiple chronic conditions.

Today, Anthem Blue Cross of California is announcing that it saved nearly $8 million during a yearlong period ending last June by emphasizing preventive care. It paid participating physicians extra money upfront to devote more attention to patients with two or more chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma and congestive heart failure.