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Bridgecom Exhibits at California Association of Health Plans Conference in Palm Desert – October 17, 2019                                           

MIRA LOMA, California, October 17, 2019 Bridgecomprovider of a HIPAA-compliant, web-based patient outreach management platform, is excited to be attending the California Association of Health Plans Conference in Palm Desert, CA from October 21st – 23rd. For more than 40 years, the company has assisted in bridging the communication and care gaps that exist between health care and consumers, by offering patient-specific communications and personalized follow-up touch points. In addition to population health engagement solutions, the company also offers a standardized colorectal cancer (CRC) screening outreach program, which empowers members, accelerating patient compliance.

California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) is made up of 47 full-service health care plans that provide coverage to more than 26 million Californians. The annual event, now in its 34th year, “promotes opportunities and forums for plan members to meet, exchange ideas, and discuss critical issues facing the industry and industry effectiveness.” The association’s overall mission is to serve members by offering an environment that supports California health plans as they strive to provide affordable, high quality, accessible health care to their members.

Bridgecom is excited to join with over 1,000 like-minded health care professionals at the conference, with the common goal of improving the California health care landscape. “Our team is committed to delivering innovative solutions to the most challenging issues facing health care today,” said Bridgecom CEO Joel Luce. According to CAHP, this year, California has been dealing with many new laws and regulations, aimed at “expanding coverage, stabilizing the individual marketplace, and increase affordability to create a new opportunities to improve the health care system.” Attendees can look forward to learning how health plans in California are dealing with these changes, while also planning for the future.

About Bridgecom
Bridgecom is a software and services company that provides powerful solutions to close care gaps, improve patient outcomes and reduce avoidable risk, costs and complexity. Anchored by 30 years’ expertise in Medicare/Medicaid member communication fulfillment, Bridgecom’s web-based platform and workflow processes helps health payers, providers, accountable care organizations (ACOs) and medical groups standardize and distribute at-home fecal immunochemical test (FIT) colorectal cancer screening to target populations. The technology effectively engages recipients through a combination of personalized notifications designed to educate and drive them to action, achieving compliance. For more information, visit https://www.bridgecomsolutions.com/.  

 

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Lesley Bellows                                                                      
Bridgecom

951.361.7326                                                                         

lesley.bellows@bridgecomsolutions.com 

 

Bridgecom Announces National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable Corporate Membership  – May 8, 2019                                           

Company pledges support of nationwide campaign to increase awareness of life-saving CRC screening tests

MIRA LOMA, California, May 8, 2019 Bridgecom, provider of the standardized colorectal cancer (CRC) screening outreach program to accelerate patient compliance, announced today its acceptance as a corporate associate member of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT). The company pledges its support of NCCRT’s “80% in Every Community,” a nationwide campaign to ensure at least 80 percent of adults take advantage of potentially life-saving colorectal cancer screening.

NCCRT is a national coalition dedicated to reducing the incidence of and mortality from colorectal cancer in the U.S., through coordinated leadership, strategic planning, and advocacy. NCCRT, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) and the American Cancer Society joined forces during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month on March 7th to kick off the renewed colorectal cancer screening campaign. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.

“Our six years of pioneering work creating an evidence-based patient outreach platform and a repeatable FIT kit distribution and patient engagement process complements the vision and objectives of NCCRT,” said Joel Luce, CEO and chairman of the board at Bridgecom. “Preventative at-home screening tests like the FIT kit meet the needs of aging populations. The 50-plus population is more likely to use the FIT kit CRC screening test because it is a cost effective, convenient option that can be administered in the comfort and privacy of their own home. By combining a delivery packet that is simple to understand with the variety of engagement support tools afforded by our platform, the result is higher screening rates.”

Components of the Bridgecom program include at-home fecal immunochemical test (FIT) kits and a HIPAA-compliant, web-based patient outreach management platform to help organizations manage and optimize their CRC screening outreach process, drive patient compliance, and improve education and awareness. The platform engages patients through a combination of personalized touchpoints such as phone, email, text or mail to move them to action.

The importance of CRC screening, a HEDIS quality measure, and its impact on patient health outcomes are clear: One in three adults ages 50-75 is not getting screened as recommended according to the American Cancer Society; the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program stated the 5-year relative survival rate for early stage CRC is 89.8 percent; and an Annals of Internal Medicine study revealed that a single application FIT screening can have up to 90 percent sensitivity for colorectal cancer.

“We are pleased to welcome Bridgecom as a new corporate associate member,” said Richard C. Wender, MD, chief cancer control officer, American Cancer Society, and chair, National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. “A fundamental premise of the Roundtable is that collective action among the member organizations will be more successful in reducing the burden of disease and reducing that burden faster than if we worked alone. It takes many voices to create an effective partnership, and we greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with and learn from Bridgecom going forward.”

About Bridgecom
Bridgecom is a software and services company that provides powerful solutions to close care gaps, improve patient outcomes and reduce avoidable risk, costs and complexity. Anchored by 30 years’ expertise in Medicare/Medicaid member communication fulfillment, Bridgecom’s web-based platform and workflow processes helps health payers, providers, accountable care organizations (ACOs) and medical groups standardize and distribute at-home fecal immunochemical test (FIT) colorectal cancer screening to target populations. The technology effectively engages recipients through a combination of personalized notifications designed to educate and drive them to action, achieving compliance. For more information, visit https://www.bridgecomsolutions.com/.  

 

Media Contact:                                                                   Bridgecom Contact:

Angela Jenkins                                                                      Brad Hibbard, VP, Sales & Marketing
Angela Jenkins & Associates                                               Bridgecom

303.877.0115                                                                         949.633.3900

angela@adjassociates.com                                                 brad.hibbard@bridgecomsolutions.com 

 

 

Healthcare Leader Spotlight Shines on Bridgecom CEO Joel Luce – March 27, 2019                                           

The following appeared in the April 2019 edition of Inland Empire Magazine’s ‘Healthcare Leaders’ section:

MIRA LOMA, California, March 27, 2019—Joel Luce, CEO of Bridgecom, has been working in communications and healthcare for 35 years.  “When the work that you do makes a difference, it’s worth the time invested,” said Luce.  “Our main goal is to bridge the communication gap that exists between healthcare and consumers.  When people are motivated to take action with their health, it could save their life.”  Located in Mira Loma, Bridgecom has partnered with hundreds of businesses that work in the healthcare industry.  The company provides customized solutions, depending upon the client’s needs.  Bridgecom’s services are broad, and they offer everything from health engagement software, to multi-channel member communications, and convenient at-home colorectal cancer test kits.

When Mr. Luce first began his career at the company that is now Bridgecom, it was 1994 and things were a lot different.  The business had its roots in analog output services, having been originally incorporated in 1955.  In the mid-90s, the company evolved into a communications and technology company, during a period marked by dramatic expansion of digital content transformation, automation and software solution services.  Prior to taking over as CEO, Mr. Luce was a key member of the team, and assisted in developing some of the digital applications that Bridgecom is known for today. 

Twenty-five years later, Joel Luce is still finding ways to adapt, and ultimately, get results for clients.  Bridgecom offers health engagement software, BridgeSuite™ and has also distributed nearly 10 million in-home colorectal cancer kits to date.  Bridgecom’s model with in-home self-test kits is tailored to the patient and empowers that individual to take decisive action with their health while providing convenient access to accurate and private in-home testing kits.  Their patented packaging and process has shown to dramatically improve screening rates for colorectal cancer, which is the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related death in the country today.

Said Luce, “Our team is committed to delivering innovative solutions to the most challenging  issues facing healthcare today.  We’re consistently looking for ways to improve the usability and capability of our products and services as we grow with our clients.  It’s an exciting time to be in this business.”

ABOUT BRIDGECOM

For more information, visit https://www.bridgecomsolutions.com/.

Bridgecom and DST Health Receive PBMI Excellence Award As Service

for Innovative Member Communications – March 6, 2019                                           

Partners recognized for operational efficiency and cost improvements  

MIRA LOMA, California, March 6, 2019Bridgecom, a leader in Medicare/Medicaid member communications program fulfillment, today announced that the company and its business partner DST Health have received the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI) Excellence Award in the Quality Improvement Category. The award recognizes Bridgecom and DST Health for technology and workflow innovations that successfully improved Medicare Part D member communications and lowered program administration costs.

The award was presented last night at the PBMI’s 2019 National Conference in Palm Springs, California.

Partners since 2015, DST Health and Bridgecom have collaborated to enhance the Medicaid/Medicare member experience and outcomes, and reduce compliance risks and program administration costs. One challenge realized was that Medicare Part D members must submit a reimbursement request for pharmacy claims precluded from being processed at the point of sale. At the same time, the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires that client plans notify members to explain if their pharmacy claim submissions are approved or denied and the reason for the denial.

DST Health’s Pharmacy Solutions had processed those claims through manual adjudication. Using process re-engineering, workflow software and a high-volume mail fulfillment platform, DST Health and Bridgecom together accomplished the following key performance indicators within a nine-month period in 2018:

  • Reduced postage by $29,000 per year
  • Reduced cycle time by 66 percent
  • Reduced mail volume by 31 percent
  • Eliminated costs and fees totaling $41,000 per year
  • Eliminated process steps, saving $10,000 per year

“We’re thrilled to present this award to Bridgecom and DST Health for their dramatic operation and cost enhancements automating and streamlining Medicare Part D member communications,” said Jane Lutz, executive director of PBMI. “PBMI is dedicated to recognizing organizations for exceptional contributions across the pharmacy management continuum. The submissions received were highly competitive, and we congratulate Bridgecom and DST Health for their mutual business success.”

“Bridgecom is honored that PBMI has recognized our accomplishments working with DST Health to improve communications with Medicare Part D customers,” said Joel Luce, CEO and chairman of the board at Bridgecom. “This award demonstrates our commitment to helping payers and healthcare organizations communicate better and more efficiently with patients and network members.”

ABOUT DST HEALTH

On April 16, 2018, DST Systems was acquired by SS&C Technologies. DST Health is now SS&C DST Health and has a new website: https://health.ssctech.com/

ABOUT BRIDGECOM
Bridgecom is a software and services company that provides healthcare organizations a powerful way to close communication and care gaps. The company’s unique blend of technology and patented processes improve patient outcomes and dramatically reduce costs. Bridgecom’s breadth and depth of expertise in Medicare/Medicaid member communication fulfillment, combined with an integrated outreach platform to help organizations standardize the (iFOBT)/FIT at-home colorectal cancer screening process, leads the industry. The platform effectively engages patient or member recipients through personalized paper and electronic notifications designed to educate and move them to action achieving compliance. For more information, visit https://www.bridgecomsolutions.com/.

ABOUT PBMI
The Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI) is the nation’s leading provider of research and education that informs, advises and influences the industry on topics related to drug cost management. PBMI offers research, continuing education and web resources to help all critical stakeholders work better together to optimize the overall value of drug benefit programs. To learn more, visit https://www.pbmi.com/.

Media Contact:                                                    Bridgecom Contact:

Angela Jenkins                                                       Brad Hibbard, VP, Sales & Marketing

Angela Jenkins & Associates                                 Bridgecom

303.877.0115                                                          949.633.3900

angela@adjassociates.com                                  brad.hibbard@bridgecomsolutions.com

Bridgecom Announces Exciting Update to BridgeSuite™ Healthcare Software Solution – February 25th, 2019

MIRA LOMA, California, February 25th, 2019 – Bridgecom, a premier leader in healthcare communications, recently announced an exciting upgrade to the popular BridgeSuite™ web portal. For over 40 years, Bridgecom has partnered with clients in the healthcare insurance, corporate and Medicare industries, to provide streamlined solutions that deliver accurate, timely information using secure channels.

On an ongoing basis, healthcare plans face the challenging task of providing their members with critical, and often times legally required documents that relate to their benefits. Member communication regulations continue to change and the number of imposed penalties have reached record-breaking levels within the last three years alone[1]. BridgeSuite™ is a comprehensive digital member engagement software solution that provides customization and self-service capabilities to healthcare clients.

BridgeSuite’s overall goal is to enable greater productivity while ensuring improved ROI for effective and secure customer communications management. Late last week, Bridgecom eagerly shared the news with their business partners, which included a sneak peek at the key changes that are included in the release.

Some of the new functionality in BridgeSuite™ includes a complete UI Overhaul which provides users with a modernized, minimalistic approach. The application is now mobile and tablet friendly, with scalable proofing windows and more user-friendly table views. BridgeSuite™ also now features a new productive and efficient dashboard.

In the announcement, Bridgecom thanked current BridgeSuite™ users for their ongoing feedback, which helped the development team to “invariably improve the usability and capability of our products and services.” The company’s data-driven, people-powered approach is popular with health plans, providers and pharmacy benefit managers who are working to provide more efficient and engaging member communications.

About Bridgecom:

As a healthcare technology solutions and business process outsourcing company, Bridgecom provides clients with access to our proprietary technology, BridgeSuite™, along with a state of the art high speed print and mail fulfillment production facility. Bridgecom’s innovative technologies help businesses manage their essential member and customer communications, providing cost-savings and improved results.

Media Contact:

Lesley Bellows

951-361-7326

marketing@bridgecomsolutions.com

BridgeSuite™Health Engagement Software Helps Health Plans Retain Members

As New CMS Rule Takes Effect – December 11, 2018

MIRA LOMA, California, December 11th, 2018 – For the first time, Medicare Advantage (MA) members can elect to switch their selected plan to another MA plan or Original Medicare. Beginning with the 2019 open enrollment period (OEP), this new rule eliminates the existing disenrollment period, with the new OEP taking place from January 1st through March 31st. This applies equally to prescription drugs/Part D portion of the plan as well.

Medicare Advantage plans now risk member disenrollment for a much longer period, challenging them to build member loyalty programs, while educating members on their plan’s value. Bridgecom’s health engagement software, BridgeSuite™, helps plans manage critical communications with both new and existing members.

Bridgecom delivers these important communications to members in the manner they prefer, whether it’s a letter, email, text or self-test kit. In this way, plans ensure their members are provided with a positive customer service experience from the beginning, making them less likely to change to another plan.

The latest release of BridgeSuite™ includes:

  • New record suppression logic rules
  • Direct PDF rendering
  • Ability to upload new file types such as: .txt, .csv and others
  • Document lookup

With OEP closing this week, health plans should schedule additional member communications to remain competitive. These messages reinforce with members that they should feel confident in their healthcare coverage, knowing that they made the right choice.

About Bridgecom:

As a healthcare technology solutions and business process outsourcing company, Bridgecom provides clients with access to our proprietary technology, BridgeSuite™, along with a state of the art high speed print and mail fulfillment production facility. Our innovative technologies help healthcare organizations improve outcomes with their essential patient and member communications, providing cost-savings and improved results. BridgeSuite’s overall goal is to enable greater productivity while ensuring improved ROI.

Media Contact:

Lesley Bellows

951-361-7326

ABG Changes Name To Bridgecom As Service Offerings Continue to Grow

– August 15, 2018

MIRA LOMA, California, August 15th, 2018 – ABG Communications, a premier leader in healthcare communications, recently began operating under the name Bridgecom. For over 40 years, the company has partnered with clients in the healthcare insurance, corporate and Medicare industries, to provide streamlined solutions, delivering accurate, timely information using secure, multi-modal channels.

For CEO Joel Luce, the change comes more than ten years after acquiring the company back in 2007. “We knew that eventually, the name would be changing. This has been on the horizon for a long while.”  After the company’s founder passed away in early 2018, the timing seemed right to begin operations under a name that was more in line with the current and future direction of the company.

“Our services have grown and continue to expand as our clients’ needs change. The former name just doesn’t encompass who we are anymore,” Mr. Luce stated.  “We chose the name ‘Bridgecom’ because it expresses what we do: we bridge communication and care gaps that exist between healthcare organizations and their patients and members.”

The name change comes just a few months after an exciting software update to the company’s BridgeSuite™, Internet solution.  Said Luce, “It’s exciting, as our business has completely evolved over the last few decades. We are constantly adding and improving our service offerings in response to the needs seen in the market, to give healthcare clients exactly what they need to serve their patients and members. Ultimately it’s about improving care and saving lives.” 

Bridgecom has also been investing in team members, training, security and infrastructure to anticipate ongoing growth and keep our quality and service at excellent levels.

About Bridgecom:

As a healthcare technology solutions and business process outsourcing company, Bridgecom provides clients with access to our proprietary technology, BridgeSuite™, along with a state of the art high speed print and mail fulfillment production facility. Our innovative technologies help healthcare organizations improve outcomes with their essential patient and member communications, providing cost-savings and improved results. BridgeSuite’s overall goal is to enable greater productivity while ensuring improved ROI.

Media Contact:

Lesley Bellows

951-361-7326

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