Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri and Mercy to Offer More Access to Members

July 10, 2017

JOPLIN, Mo. – To meet the evolving needs of patients, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri (Anthem) is working with Mercy to form a strong alliance in transforming health care by offering patients more choices for care.

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Anthem will expand the Blue Access, Pathway/Pathway X and Medicare Advantage networks in Joplin and Springfield by adding Mercy as an in-network provider system in all three networks.

“The network expansion adds value to the health plan options that Missouri employers offer their employees,” said Steve Martenet, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri. “Starting Jan. 1, members in Southwest Missouri will have more in-network choices for their health care needs.”

Because of its efficient, quality care, Mercy recently was named one of the top five large health systems for the second year in a row by IBM Watson Health’s Truven Health Analytics.

In addition to quality care across the board, patients in those Anthem plans will have access to a variety of local health care specialties. In Joplin, that includes:

  • A new hospital that features the latest technology, storm-hardened features and all private rooms
  • A neonatal intensive care unit with private rooms that give families the space to participate in their child’s care
  • Birthing suites that enable mothers to labor, deliver and recover in the same room
  • Robotic surgery, which lessens the pain and recovery time of traditional operations
  • 3-D mammography and automated breast ultrasound for the most accurate diagnosis of breast cancer
  • Cancer care in one location and the most advanced radiation therapy technology, which result in more convenient, quicker care
  • Mercy Virtual, which enables patients to receive additional care in the hospital, their doctor’s office or even at home
  • MyMercy, a free service that allows patients to connect online with their doctors, plus see medical information, view test results, renew prescriptions, and schedule appointments and e-visits using a personal computer, tablet or smartphone

“Many of our neighbors haven’t had the opportunity yet to experience the care we give here at Mercy,” said Gary Pulsipher, president of Mercy Hospital Joplin. “We’re so excited for them to see how our team of doctors, nurses and therapists coordinate their care within spaces that are designed to keep them safe, comfort them and make finding their way easy.”
The new expanded network access will help Anthem and Mercy achieve their purpose to “transform health care with trusting and caring solutions” through “compassionate care and exceptional service” and bring more quality health plan options to Missourians.

“We would encourage local employers to take a look at what this expanded network can offer their co-workers,” Pulsipher said. “We believe they’ll find access to more specialized care right here at home, and that means more convenience and less expense for everyone.”

Anthem does not plan to expand the Blue Preferred or other additional networks in Missouri at this time.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri
In Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area) Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name for RightCHOICE® Managed Care, Inc. (RIT), Healthy Alliance® Life Insurance Company (HALIC), and HMO Missouri, Inc. RIT and certain affiliates administer non-HMO benefits underwritten by HALIC and HMO benefits underwritten by HMO Missouri, Inc. RIT and certain affiliates only provide administrative services for self-funded plans and do not underwrite benefits. Independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

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