New Medicare Advantage PPO Agreement Signed Between Florida Blue and Baptist Health
Jacksonville, Fla. – Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield Company, has signed a new Medicare Advantage PPO network agreement with Baptist Health in Northeast Florida.
With this expanded agreement, BlueMedicare Regional PPO members in Northeast Florida can take advantage of Baptist Health’s regionally renowned health care services. The agreement took effect on Nov. 1, 2012.
“We are truly excited to welcome Baptist Health and its hospitals into our Medicare Advantage network,” said Elizabeth Strombom, vice president, Medicare Solutions, Florida Blue. “With this expanded agreement, our members can take advantage of their quality service and care. We are especially delighted that this agreement included our zero-premium Medicare Advantage PPO plan.”
“We are passionate about providing high-quality, cost-effective care at Baptist Health,” said Philip Boyce, Senior Vice President. “Contracting with an outstanding company like Florida Blue allows us to broaden our reach by serving their Medicare Advantage PPO members ‘in-network’”.
With the new contract, all Baptist Health facilities are now part of BlueMedicare Regional PPO network, which include Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and Baptist Heart Hospital, Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Baptist Medical Center South and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
Baptist Health and Florida Blue have enjoyed a contractual relationship for nearly 25 years. With this agreement, Baptist Health is a network provider for the following product lines:
• BlueCare® (Health Options)
• BlueChoice® (PPC)
• BlueOptionsSM (NetworkBlue)
• BlueMedicareSM PPO
• Traditional Indemnity plans
About Baptist Health
Baptist Health is a faith-based, mission-driven system comprised of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and Baptist Heart Hospital; Baptist Medical Center Beaches; Baptist Medical Center Nassau; Baptist Medical Center South; and Wolfson Children’s Hospital – Jacksonville’s only children’s hospital. All Baptist Health hospitals, along with Baptist Home Health Care, have achieved Magnet™ status, an international quality designation that recognizes excellence in patient care. Baptist Health also includes cardiology and cardiovascular surgery services; a comprehensive cancer center; orthopaedic institute; women’s resource center; neurosciences, including neurosurgery and two Joint Commission-certified stroke centers; a full range of psychology and psychiatry services; outpatient facilities; urgent care services and a network of primary care physicians’ offices throughout Northeast Florida. Baptist Health is the official healthcare provider for the Jacksonville Jaguars. For more information, visit www.e-baptisthealth.com. For information on Wolfson Children’s Hospital, visit www.wolfsonchildrens.org.
About Florida Blue
Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, is a leader in Florida’s health care industry. Our mission is to help people and communities achieve better health. Florida Blue has approximately 4 million health care members and serves 15.5 million people in 16 states through its affiliated companies. Florida Blue is a not-for- profit, policyholder-owned, tax-paying mutual company. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., it is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.FloridaBlue.com.