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Enhanced Provider Finder and Cost Estimator Tool Launched


The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) launch of the new and improved Provider Finder® is finally here. The enhanced version, which was launched last weekend, includes design enhancements and improved functionality.

Users need fewer "clicks" to access the information they want. And the search function now includes Google MapsTM. Simply go to bcbstx.com and click on Find a Doctor.

Now most search criteria can be entered on the first page with easy-to-understand drop-down menus. There are also additional search criteria that allow users to better refine their results. New search filters include: Providers accepting new patients, Providers with recognitions/certifications and Board certified providers. The search results page includes a Google Map of provider locations. Further narrow the search results with just a click of a mouse.

If any of your clients have custom websites, please note that not all are being transitioned to the new Provider Finder at the same time. Contact your BCBSTX representative for additional information.

Cost Estimator Tool

As you may recall, on Aug. 24, 2011, we announced that a new Cost Estimator tool soon would be introduced, replacing the former Care Comparison® and Treatment Cost Advisor tools. Our new Cost Estimator went live in late September.

The tool is only available to members with a PPO plan. Members with HMO or Point of Service (POS) plans do not have access to Cost Estimator.

Cost Estimator continues to allow users to obtain estimated costs for hospital treatments and procedures, using the same national PPO cost ranges. But it now offers a new design and easier search functionality for our members. Members can find it under the My Coverage tab after logging in to our secure site, Blue Access for MembersSM.