Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ohio health insurance and The Jewish Hospital have reached agreement to extend their contract. This agreement reaffirms the importance of both quality and affordability in health care and Anthem’s and The Jewish Hospital’s commitment to meeting the community’s health care needs.
The Jewish Hospital is already a part of Anthem’s provider network, formerly through the Health Alliance and now with Mercy Health Partners. The hospital and its affiliated ancillary providers will continue their existing participation in Anthem’s Blue Access, Blue Preferred and Blue Traditional plans.
The new agreement demonstrates Anthem’s continued commitment to work cooperatively with local hospitals and health care professionals. It also allows for predictability and continued access for Anthem members, as Anthem works to keep Ohio health insurance costs affordable and to provide stability of future health care costs.
“We are proud of the relationships we have been able to maintain with quality providers in Greater Cincinnati,” said Terry Frech, regional vice president, provider engagement and contacting, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Ohio. “This renewed commitment with The Jewish Hospital and our recent agreements with The Health Alliance and TriHealth underscore the collaborative spirit that exists between Anthem and the local provider community.”
The agreement with The Jewish Hospital includes participation in Anthem’s Quality Incentive Program. This program measures the quality of medical care based on self-reported data related to a number of health conditions and processes. The Quality Incentive Program rewards hospitals for quality performance through additional reimbursement. Anthem is the first health benefits company to not only collaborate with hospitals on an extensive hospital quality program, but to then base increased reimbursement to hospitals in part on quality measures.