Community Hospital, Blue Shield of California reach agreement
Two-year pact provides Blue Shield members with affordable access to hospital-based specialists, seeks to lower cost of healthcare
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MONTEREY AND SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is pleased to announce a two-year agreement with Blue Shield of California, effective Jan. 1, 2011, that makes access to local care more affordable for its members.
One of the most significant elements of the agreement is that it includes the hospital-based physicians for whom Community Hospital bills — specifically, the specialties of radiology, radiation oncology, pathology, psychiatry, and emergency medicine will now be considered in-network providers on all Blue Shield plans, including the federal employee program.
"As a result, Blue Shield members will have lower out-of-pocket costs for these doctors’ services, giving them more affordable access to high-quality, safe care, close to home," said Steven Packer, MD, CEO and president of Community Hospital.
The agreement also sets the stage for Community Hospital and Blue Shield to collaborate on long-term solutions to lower the cost of healthcare.
"As a not-for-profit health plan, we’re committed to providing access to high-quality care at an affordable price. In addition to making it more cost-effective for Blue Shield members to access specialists at Community Hospital, this agreement puts us on a path to partner and construct innovative solutions that reduce the cost of healthcare in Monterey County," said Juan Davila, senior vice president for network management, Blue Shield of California.
The agreement comes less than a month after a two-year contract was approved with Anthem Blue Cross that provides its members access to Community Hospital at the lowest level of co-pays and deductibles available through their plan.
"These agreements reflect the progress Community Hospital has made since 2008 in reducing costs to preserve the community’s access to our services while ensuring that we remain sustainable and viable," Packer said.
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, founded in 1934 and located at 23625 Holman Highway in Monterey, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at www.chomp.org.
About Blue Shield of California
Blue Shield of California, an independent member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health plan with 3.5 million members, 4,800 employees, and one of the largest provider networks in California. Founded in 1939 and headquartered in San Francisco, Blue Shield of California offers a wide range of commercial and government products throughout the state. The company has contributed more than $125 million over the past four years to the Blue Shield of California Foundation—which this year was named one of BusinessWeek’s 20 most generous corporate foundations. Contact your local agent or broker for more information about Blue Shield products and services, or visit the Blue Shield website at www.blueshieldca.com.