07.25.2012 Back to News

Methodist Chosen for SelectBlue Hospital-Physician Narrow Network

Our Innovative Collaboration with a Competitor and an Insurer Creates Omaha’s First Narrow Network for High-Quality, Affordable Health Care

John M. Fraser
President & CEO
Methodist Health System

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Barack Obama. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has stated he will repeal this law, commonly known as health care reform, if elected in November.

No matter who is in the White House or which political party controls Congress, the inescapable truth is that the nation’s current health care system is not sustainable. Change is essential. We need innovative approaches to improve quality, collaboration and cost savings.

That is why, at a press conference this afternoon, I stood together with CEOs from two other leading Nebraska organizations to announce a new partnership that represents a significant step toward higher quality, lower cost health care for many Nebraskans.

Steven S. Martin, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), Glenn Fosdick, president and CEO of The Nebraska Medical Center, and I announced a new hospital-physician network that is the first large-scale collaborative program of its kind in the state.

Our three organizations have formed a partnership, called a “narrow network,” to provide a high quality, affordable option for thousands of Nebraskans who do not have health care insurance through their employers. BCBSNE, the state’s largest health insurance company, has developed an insurance product called SelectBlue, the first narrow network product of its kind in the Omaha metro market, to give individuals and families access to a combined, comprehensive network of outstanding health care facilities, providers and specialists.

Narrow networks are designed with financial incentives that encourage consumers to choose the network members’ facilities and providers, such as significantly lower insurance co-pays and deductibles for staying in-network. The SelectBlue network consists of the facilities and affiliated physicians of Methodist Health System and The Nebraska Medical Center.

Methodist was chosen for the SelectBlue network over other competitors in our market based upon our commitment to quality care and cost containment, and we have had the opportunity to help shape the design and utilization of the program to provide consumers more coordinated and continuous care.

Through the SelectBlue network, consumers will have access to high-quality care with fewer out-of-pocket expenses. SelectBlue will soon be available to residents of the Omaha metro area, which includes Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, Saunders, Dodge, Washington, Burt and Otoe counties.

Our participation in the SelectBlue narrow network with BCBSNE and The Nebraska Medical Center is one more example of how Methodist Health System is working to meet individual and community health care needs through collaboration, strategic partnerships and innovation. Such partnerships will further strengthen Methodist’s long-term position in the marketplace.

To learn more, see the related story with video featuring Methodist Hospital Vice President of Medical Affairs William Shiffermiller, MD.

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