Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina adds fall prevention partnership

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is working with nonprofit Green & Healthy Homes Initiative to help minimize the risk of in-home falls, the insurer said Oct. 5. 

Blue Cross NC will identify 900 eligible members based on risk factors like previous falls and health status. Green & Healthy Homes Initiative will work with local service providers to install home modifications that can help prevent falls. 

These modifications include repairing or lowering thresholds, adding tip-resistant furniture anchors, repairing railings and adding safety bars. 

According to a news release, falls are the leading cause of hospital and emergency room visits among adults aged 45 and older in North Carolina.

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