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Capital BlueCross, PinnacleHealth System Team Up To Bring Employers A New Health Insurance Option

Collaboration connects leading health insurer with renowned provider network for better outcomes, lower costs

January 13, 2014

HARRISBURG – Capital BlueCross and PinnacleHealth System are teaming up to offer businesses a unique new health insurance plan for their employees. Marketed as CareConnect Point of Service (CareConnect), this plan connects the high-quality benefits and services of Capital BlueCross with the renowned physicians and facilities of PinnacleHealth. It is powered by the two-year-old accountable care arrangement between the two companies.

"It is incumbent upon insurers and health care providers to find innovative ways to help employers achieve workforce health goals and lower costs," said Gary D. St. Hilaire, Capital BlueCross president & CEO. "CareConnect offers this service and PinnacleHealth's reputation as a trusted provider makes this plan really attractive to businesses seeking the best possible care for their employees."

"PinnacleHealth continues to focus on providing accessible, affordable, and appropriate care to the community," said Michael A. Young, FACHE, PinnacleHealth president & CEO. "Our partnership with Capital BlueCross is an extension of our patient centered medical home for high risk and rising risk patients while our commitment to providing accountable care emphasizes the consistent achievement of high quality with costs that are below the region's average.  Involving patients in his or her plan of care -- from disease prevention to managing chronic illness -- is integral in keeping health care costs low and providing coordinated care focused on the best outcomes."

CareConnect advantages include lower out-of-pocket costs, the freedom to visit any PinnacleHealth network provider without a referral, and an incentive program that provides rewards for health and wellness activities.

Through the existing accountable care partnership between the two organizations, Capital BlueCross care guides and PinnacleHealth doctors collaborate to lead CareConnect customers to better health. Accountable care arrangements are patient-centered partnerships that focus on improving health care quality and outcomes, and reducing costs.

Employers that are interested in learning more about CareConnect should call 800-962-2242 to speak with a Capital BlueCross account executive.

About PinnacleHealth System
PinnacleHealth is a not-for-profit health care system dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for the people of central Pennsylvania since 1873. A proven leader in medical innovation, PinnacleHealth offers a wide range of services from primary care to the most complex surgeries and Magnet recognition for nursing excellence. The health care network includes four campuses (Community, West Shore, Harrisburg and Polyclinic) with two acute care hospitals, the Helen M. Simpson Rehab Hospital and PinnacleHealth Cancer Center (second West Shore location to open summer 2014). The five-story, 108-bed West Shore Hospital will open in Hampden Township in 2014, bringing emergency, medical/surgical, cardiology, orthopedics, chronic disease management to the West Shore. Medical services, including family practice, imaging, outpatient surgery and oncology are offered at multiple locations throughout the region. For a complete list of services, visit our website at www.pinnaclehealth.org

About Capital BlueCross
For more than 75 years, Capital BlueCross has been serving central Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley residents and businesses as the region's leading health insurer. Through its family of companies, Capital BlueCross brings innovative services and clinical solutions to the marketplace. Committed to delivering medical value to its communities, Capital BlueCross focuses on improving patient satisfaction, enhancing quality of care and reducing costs. The company continues to lead the change in the industry, most recently by entering the retail market and introducing a first-of-its-kind health and wellness store called Capital Blue. Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, employing more than 1,800 people. More information about Capital BlueCross can be found at capbluecross.com.

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