Columbine Health System Offers Employees Local Health Care Plan Through Anthem’s New University of Colorado Health Plan

FORT COLLINS, Colo.--()--Columbine Health System is the first large Northern Colorado employer to offer its employees health insurance through Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s new collaboration with University of Colorado Health, HMO Select.

HMO Select is a new product from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) built around University of Colorado Health (UC Health). Through HMO Select, Anthem and UC Health give northern Colorado employees and their families a way to meet their specific needs with access to a defined network of providers located in the communities where they live and work.

“We’re excited to be able to offer our business community a new alternative that helps their employees to keep a relationship with our community-based providers,” said Kathy McCreary, vice president, payer relations and network development at University of Colorado Health. “We look forward to serving Columbine’s employees and appreciate their vote of confidence in University of Colorado Health’s ability to continue to deliver the highest quality health care while controlling costs.”

Columbine has approximately 600 employees and family members who live in and around Fort Collins. HMO Select’s hospital benefits are exclusive to Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies, including UC Health’s urgent care centers and radiation centers in Greeley, Fort Collins and Loveland. HMO Select also includes a large group of independent physicians and Colorado Health Medical Group to guarantee comprehensive coverage for all members.

“HMO Select is an important part of our ongoing work to invest in the doctor-patient relationship and improve the quality and affordability of health care in Colorado,” said Mike Ramseier, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “By collaborating with UC Health, we created a product that creates outstanding care and value for northern Coloradans. We’re thrilled to serve Columbine’s employees and their family members and look forward to helping them maintain and improve their health.”

Columbine Health provides a spectrum of services to address the comfort and safety of seniors, including skilled nursing facilities, both independent and assisted living options, rehabilitation and therapy services, pharmacy and medical equipment.

HMO Select is available to local small group (two to 50 employees) and large group employers. It will include Anthem’s unique benefits such as its 24/7 nurse line, free annual checkups and 360 degree health and wellness programs like Condition Care, which helps members with complex medical conditions receive help following their doctor’s care plan.

Columbine will join HMO Select effective Jan. 1, 2013.

About University of Colorado Health

University of Colorado Health is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. University of Colorado Health combines Memorial Health System, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Colorado Health Medical Group (formerly Poudre Valley Medical Group), and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to building a healthier community and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation. Learn more at UniversityofColoradoHealth.org.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado:

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Rocky Mountain Hospital and Medical Service, Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross 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. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado is available at www.anthem.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/healthjoinin, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthJoinIn, or visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/healthjoinin.

Contacts

Media contacts:
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Joyzelle Davis, (303) 831-2005
Joyzelle.davis@anthem.com
or
University of Colorado Health
Kevin Darst, (970) 237-7110
kcd1@pvhs.org

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Anthem and University of Colorado announce major new client for HMO Select

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Contacts

Media contacts:
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Joyzelle Davis, (303) 831-2005
Joyzelle.davis@anthem.com
or
University of Colorado Health
Kevin Darst, (970) 237-7110
kcd1@pvhs.org