Community Hospital, Anthem Blue Cross reach agreement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mary Barker (831) 622-2757
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MONTEREY, Calif. — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is pleased to announce an agreement that will allow every Anthem Blue Cross member in Monterey County to use Community Hospital services.
The two-year agreement, which begins Jan. 1, 2011, puts Community Hospital and Natividad Medical Center as the only Monterey County hospitals with tier-one, preferred status with those employers that offer a tiered system of health insurance coverage. This agreement includes insurance provided through the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), Monterey County Schools Insurance Group (MCSIG), Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), and the Pebble Beach Company. This will allow members access to Community Hospital at the lowest level of co-pays and deductibles available through their plan. The contract also includes the hospital-based physicians for whom Community Hospital bills (radiology, radiation oncology, pathology, Emergency department).
“The signing of this agreement was made possible because of Community Hospital’s significant efforts in reducing healthcare costs,” said Steven Packer, MD, Community Hospital president and CEO. “And we intend to continue on the path we have been on since 2008, striving to make improvements that benefit everyone in our community, preserve the entire community’s access to our services, and reduce our costs to keep our organization sustainable and viable in years to come.”
ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, 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 http://www.chomp.org/