Market Overview

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Mercy Collaborate to Offer New Health Insurance Product in Joplin


New coverage option to be available Jan. 1, 2019

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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