JOPLIN, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 28, 2018--Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Mercy have partnered to develop a new health plan option that will benefit consumers and local employers by increasing access to affordable, quality healthcare.

The Anthem Alliance Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) product was designed to meet the evolving healthcare needs of Missouri companies and consumers by providing benefits to members through a focused network of Mercy physicians, hospitals and other health care professionals. This new product will be available to employer groups with 51 or more employees in the Joplin area beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

“Anthem is committed to making healthcare affordable for Missouri consumers and working closely with our provider partners is an important key to managing cost in today’s healthcare market,” said Amadou Yattassaye, president, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri. “By collaborating with Mercy we can help ensure consumers have access to cost affordable, fully integrated healthcare. The Anthem Alliance EPO is such an example for consumers in the Joplin area.”

Gary Pulsipher, president of Mercy Hospital Joplin, added, “This will give even more of our neighbors the opportunity to experience the compassionate care we give here at Mercy. They’ll find a team of medical professionals to coordinate their care within spaces that are designed to keep them safe, comfort them and make finding their way easy.”

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

Mercy offers a wide range of services in the Joplin area including:

A new Joplin hospital that features the latest technology, storm-hardened features and all private rooms, as well as hospitals in Carthage, Columbus and Fort Scott. Access to more than 100 doctors in more than 80 clinic locations in the Joplin region. 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. 3-D mammography and automated breast ultrasound for the most accurate diagnosis of breast cancer. Cancer care conveniently in one location offering immunotherapy, clinical research studies and advanced radiation therapy technology, resulting in precise 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.

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.

, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2018, 2017 and 2016 by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. Mercy includes more than 40 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 800 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 44,000 co-workers and 2,100 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy's IT division, Mercy Technology Services, supply chain organization, ROi, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients in more than 20 states coast to coast.

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CONTACT: Mercy Joplin

Ellis Benson

417-556-2260 office

208-970-4215 cell

ellis.benson@mercy.net

or

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Scott Golden

804-354-5252

scott.golden@anthem.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MISSOURI

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PRACTICE MANAGEMENT HEALTH ONCOLOGY RADIOLOGY PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INSURANCE MANAGED CARE

SOURCE: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri

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