Key State Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plan: A Strategy for Winning in the Market through Customer-Focused Service

Key State Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plan: A Strategy for Winning in the Market through Customer-Focused Service

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Key State Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plan (a disguised case of an actual BCBS Plan) is the merged product of three state plans. Initially burdened with a reputation of poor customer service, Key State’s executives decided to invest heavily in service improvement, eventually achieving superior levels. Key State’s high-quality customer service emerged as a true competitive advantage for its customers, who were primarily businesses and health benefits consultants who influenced corporate purchasers of health insurance. The Key State brand came to be synonymous with personal service, security, choice, and dependability. But the health care insurance market was changing under Key State’s feet. Spiraling costs meant that high-quality service became less of a competitive advantage as employers were lured by low-cost, low-service providers. Many employers ...

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