Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Welcomes Dean Clinic and SSM Health Hospitals to Blue Preferred and Blue Access Networks
Integrated delivery system becomes an in-network provider as of January 1, 2016
MILWAUKEE and MADISON, Wis. – Dec. 17, 2015 – Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) and SSM Health today announced an agreement which will add Dean Clinic as well as St. Mary’s Madison, St. Mary’s Janesville and St. Clare Hospital providers and services to Anthem’s Blue Preferred and Blue Access health insurance networks effective January 1, 2016.
“This new contract gives many Blue Cross and Blue Shield commercial members in southern Wisconsin additional access to health care,” says Dr. Stew Watson, President & CEO of Dean Clinic. “It aligns with SSM Health’s strategic goal of being able to provide high quality care to more of the people in the communities we serve. The opportunity to serve more employer groups exclusively covered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield is a nice complement to our existing Dean Health Plan products and our integrated health system as a whole.”
Blue Preferred and Blue Access are Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s broad network offerings in Wisconsin. Blue Preferred (Point of Service) and Blue Access (Preferred Provider Organization) are networks used by many employer-provided health plans. Blue Access is also the network out-of-state Blue Cross and Blue Shield members would use if they receive care in Wisconsin.
“Anthem works with local, regional and national employers and Dean was always one of the most-requested providers to add to our networks,” said Paul Nobile, regional vice president of Sales for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin. “This mutually beneficial agreement allows Anthem to provide expanded access to our members, and Dean to remain a go-to provider for businesses and their employees in southcentral Wisconsin.”
The scope of membership included in the arrangement is commercial insured and self-funded members whose plans use the Blue Access or Blue Preferred/Blue Preferred Plus networks. The agreement does not include Anthem’s products that use the Blue Priority network, which includes individual health insurance products purchased on the federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace, or Anthem’s Medicare or Medicaid products. Anthem members with questions about their network or benefits should call the Customer Service number on the back of their membership identification card.