Register of the California Blue Shield Papers, 1967-1972.

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Register of the California Blue Shield Papers, 1967-1972.

Collection number: MSS 72-6

UCSF Library & CKM



Archives and Special Collections

University of California, San Francisco

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  • UCSF Library & CKM
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  • 530 Parnassus Ave.
  • San Francisco, CA 94143-0840
  • Phone: (415) 476-8112
  • Fax: (415) 476-4653
  • Email: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/collections/archives/contact
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/collections/archives
Processed by:
Special Collections staff
Encoded by:
James Ryan
© 1997. The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: California Blue Shield Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1967-1972.
Collection number: MSS 72-6
Creator: California Blue Shield
Extent: 1 box
Repository: University of California, San Francisco. Library. Archives and Special Collections.
San Francisco, California 94143-0840
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Restricted: "Sole property of Dr. Link; not to be opened or utilized without the express, written consent of the authors, their assigns or heirs, or the University Librarian, UCSF."

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], California Blue Shield Papers, MSS 72-6, Archives & Special Collections, UCSF Library & CKM

Corporate History

California Blue Shield, the first statewide, doctor-sponsored prepaid health plan in the nation, was formed on February 2, 1939 as California Physicians' Service, with funding authorized and advanced by the California Medical Association. It was sponsored, but not owned by the CMA, with its basic policies set and controlled via the administrative membership (the house of delegates of the California Medical Association). According to a 1969 publication titled The Shield, the "Blue Shield" name was born in the early 1940s in Buffalo, New York, where the manager of the non-profit physicians' service chose it as a companion to the name that identified hospital services, Blue Cross. The name gradually gained recognition across the country, and in 1946, the national association was formed, formally adopting the name Blue Shield as signifying the prepayment of physicians' services on a non-profit basis under medical sponsorship. Although to this day the corporate name is still California Physicians' Service, the service name, identifying the services performed, is California Blue Shield. California Blue Shield has offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Scope and Content

The California Blue Shield publications in this collection --primarily newsletters, but also an annual report and an issue of the house organ from the organization's thirtieth anniversary year --were created and distributed as part of California Blue Shield's ongoing relations with physicians involved in this program. Masthead for the Blue Shield Bulletin states "Sent to: CMA Councilors, Delegates and Staff; County Medical Society Officers and Executive Secretaries; Blue Shield Trustees, former Trustees, Management and Field Personnel." These publications were evidently collected by Dr. J. B. deC. M. Saunders, first chancellor at UCSF.

Container List

Folder 1.

Medi-Cal Bulletin ("Medical Assistance Program") No. 9 - 18 (January - June, 1972)

Folder 2.

Blue Shield Bulletin ("A Weekly News Summary to help keep California Medical Leadership Informed.") No. 1, 3, 28, 30-36, 38-42, 44-50 (12/7/67-3/11/69)

 

Medi-Cal Bulletin No. 9 - 13 -- '69/'70 (2/1/69-6/70); No. 1 - 2, 4 - 8, 10, 13, 15 - 20 -- '70/'71 (7/70-6/71); No. 1 - 8 (7/71-12/71). Run includes several unnumbered issues dated by month only, plus some insert pieces.

 

The Shield (house organ) 1969

 

Annual Report 1969

Folder 3.

Medicare Bulletin (6/1/70, 8/15/70, 11/15/70, 1/1/71), No. 5 -- '70/'71 (4/71), No. 1, 3, 5, 7 -- '71/'72 (8/71-5/72)

Folder 4.

CHAMPUS Bulletin Vol. 1, no. 1-2 (1/72, 5/72)

Folder 5.

Report ("... to the Members of the CMA House of Delegates. Information of interest from the California Blue Shield Board of Trustees") Vol. 1, no. 1-2 (10/71, 12/71). Vol. 2, no. 1, 3 (1/72, 7/72)

 

Impact '70 ("Published by California Medical Political Action Committee") Vol. 1, No. 1 (7/70)