Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Welcomes Dean Clinic and SSM Health Hospitals to Blue Preferred and Blue Access Networks

Integrated delivery system becomes an in-network provider as of
January 1, 2016

MILWAUKEE & MADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) and SSM Health today
announced an agreement which will add Dean Clinic as well as St. Mary’s
Madison, St. Mary’s Janesville and St. Clare Hospital providers and
services to Anthem’s Blue Preferred and Blue Access health insurance
networks effective January 1, 2016.

“This new contract gives many Blue Cross and Blue Shield commercial
members in southern Wisconsin additional access to health care,” says
Dr. Stew Watson, President & CEO of Dean Clinic. “It aligns with SSM
Health’s strategic goal of being able to provide high quality care to
more of the people in the communities we serve. The opportunity to serve
more employer groups exclusively covered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield
is a nice complement to our existing Dean Health Plan products and our
integrated health system as a whole.”

Blue Preferred and Blue Access are Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s
broad network offerings in Wisconsin. Blue Preferred (Point of Service)
and Blue Access (Preferred Provider Organization) are networks used by
many employer-provided health plans. Blue Access is also the network
out-of-state Blue Cross and Blue Shield members would use if they
receive care in Wisconsin.

“Anthem works with local, regional and national employers and Dean was
always one of the most-requested providers to add to our networks,” said
Paul Nobile, regional vice president of Sales for Anthem Blue Cross and
Blue Shield in Wisconsin. “This mutually beneficial agreement allows
Anthem to provide expanded access to our members, and Dean to remain a
go-to provider for businesses and their employees in southcentral

The scope of membership included in the arrangement is commercial
insured and self-funded members whose plans use the Blue Access or Blue
Preferred/Blue Preferred Plus networks. The agreement does not include
Anthem’s products that use the Blue Priority network, which includes
individual health insurance products purchased on the
federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace, or Anthem’s Medicare
or Medicaid products. Anthem members with questions about their network
or benefits should call the Customer Service number on the back of their
membership identification card.

About SSM Health

SSM Health (
is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive
health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the
largest integrated delivery systems in the nation.

With care delivery sites in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin,
SSM includes 20 hospitals, more than 60 outpatient care sites, a
pharmacy benefit company, an insurance company, two nursing homes,
comprehensive home care and hospice services, a technology company, and
two Accountable Care Organizations. With more than 1,300 employed
physicians and nearly 30,000 employees in four states, SSM is one of the
largest employers in every community it serves. An early adopter of the
electronic health record (EHR), SSM is a national leader for the depth
of its EHR integration. The addition of Dean Health System in 2013
brings the number of physician visits across SSM Health to 4 million

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Blue Cross Blue
Shield of Wisconsin (BCBSWi), which underwrites or administers the PPO
and indemnity policies; Compcare Health Services Insurance Corporation
(Compcare), which underwrites or administers the HMO policies; and
Compcare and BCBSWi collectively, which underwrite or administer the POS
policies. 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 and Blue Shield Association.
Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in
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