After negotiations broke down in May 2019, NorthBay Healthcare and Anthem agreed on a new three-year contract, signed two months later, in August. The agreement re-integrated the network into both NorthBay Medical Center and NorthBay VacaValley Hospital and retained NorthBay`s doctors and specialists. “Our members have remained our top priority as we have worked hard and in good faith to find common ground and reach an agreement that contributes to greater affordability,” said Beth Andersen, President of Anthem Blue Cross. MarinHealth had told Anthem in March that it would terminate the hospital contract if no agreement had been reached before September 15, Anthem said last week. “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Anthem Blue Cross,” said MarinHealth CEO Dr. David Klein, who took the reins of Lee Domanico on September 1, who retired on August 31 after 10 years at the helm of MarinHealth. “Access to quality care for our community was and remains our top priority. With this new agreement, patients with Anthem Blue Cross can continue to rely on MarinHealth to meet their health needs. The new contract provides Anthem members with networked access to care at MarinHealth and its affiliated physicians and protects affordability for consumers, according to the joint statement. The new agreement applies to Anthem Blue Cross consumers enrolled in the HMO and PPO plans. After months of failed negotiations, MarinHealth and Anthem Blue Cross agreed on Tuesday on a new contract that would otherwise have been terminated, according to a joint statement by both sides. “This agreement is based on a common goal of improving care and reducing costs for the community members we serve,” said Mary Boosalis, President and CEO of Premier Health.
“By working with Anthem BlueCross and Blue Shield, focusing on member/patient health and not just the economy, we are confident that this will benefit the community as a whole.” Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of the Community Insurance Company, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The names and symbols of the Blue Cross and the Blue Shield are registered signs of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio, see www.anthem.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/anthemBCBS_News.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AskAnthem, or visit our YouTube channel under www.youtube.com/AskAnthem The agreement is the Premier`s population health model and is based on the Anthems Enhanced Personal Health Care model, which enables quality-based compensation and common savings through better health.