This page features blog-style entries from Dr. Derek J. Robinson, M.D., MBA, FACEP, CHCQM, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL).
12/27/22 – New Law Supports Behavioral Health Access and Equity, Effective Jan. 1, 2023
BCBSIL is spotlighting Illinois House Bill 2595 (Public Act 102-0579), Generally Accepted Standards of Behavioral Health Care Act of 2021. This new law seeks to address the state’s growing mental health crisis. Now is the time to close this gap and ensure that quality care is available for the whole person, and for all people.
07/1/22 – Pediatric Vaccines: A Call to Action to Help Protect Illinois Children and Teens
BCBSIL is joining the effort to spread the word and encourage our members who haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine yet to get one and to make sure they get their kids vaccinated too. In this post, Dr. Robinson shares information and resources from the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP) to alert pediatricians and other providers what they can do to help.
06/24/22 – Chronic Kidney Disease: Examining Health Disparities in Communities of Color
In this entry, Dr. Robinson outlines highlights from a panel discussion on health care disparities, like the outdated use of race modifiers, in determining patient risk and treatment for CKD. Awareness among physicians is critical. But patients need to know what’s going on, too.