; Highmark Health Services And The Butler Health System Reach Agreement On Multi-Year Contract
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Highmark Health Services And The Butler Health System Reach Agreement On Multi-Year Contract

September 30, 2013

PITTSBURGH – Highmark Health Services and the Butler Health System today announced a new multi-year contract that will ensure Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield members have access to Butler Health System.

"Butler is pleased that we have reached agreement with Highmark," said Anne Krebs, chief financial officer, Butler Health System. "We are looking forward to continuing to be a participating provider in Highmark products as well as focusing on a variety or provider programs that focus on both cost and quality."

"It is important that these independent health systems have a strong working relationship with Highmark Health Services. We are pleased that the new contract with Butler achieves an important balance, reimbursing the institution to provide necessary care to Highmark Health Services members, while also recognizing the need to maintain comprehensive and affordable health benefit programs for Highmark Health Services customers," said Michael Fiaschetti, president of Health Markets for Highmark Health Services. "As health care costs continue to rise, we need to continue to work with all health care providers to reach mutually acceptable agreements that are in the community's best interests."

Highmark is committed to working with community hospitals to support improvements in health care that will enable them to remain independent and will assure affordable access to quality medical care for its members in community-based settings.

About Butler Health System
Butler Health System's flagship, Butler Memorial Hospital opened its doors in 1898. For more than 115 years, Butler has remained an independent community hospital and has continued to grow to meet the needs of the Butler community and region. The 296 bed hospital, along with nearly 30 diagnostic testing locations and 4 urgent care centers comprise Butler Health System.

Consistently recognized for its quality of care, BHS is proud of its accolades, which include: Cancer Program accreditation by the American College of Surgeons (ACoSO Commission on Cancer Care (CoC) in Western Pennsylvania, Apex Award from VHS for Acute Myocardial Infarction, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care Improvement; Gold plus recognition in Stroke care from US News and world report; Primary Stroke Designation and an A rating for hospital safety from the Leapfrog group.

Butler Health System offers extensive cardiology services — including open heart surgery; general surgery; and orthopedic surgery in addition to acute care, maternity and emergency care. New partnerships in cancer and neurosurgery allow for participation in clinical trials and other specialized treatments.

A new 210,000 square foot patient tower addition was completed in the summer of 2010 and features a state-of-the-art surgery wing, 3 floors of newly designed - all private - patient care rooms, along with a spacious and inviting lobby offering auditorium and classroom space for community events and training sessions. For more information on Butler Health System, visit ButlerHealthSystem.org

About Highmark Health Services
Highmark Health Services is among the largest health insurers in the United States and the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated company. Highmark Health Services operates health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve 5.3 million members. Its diversified health businesses serve group customer and individual health needs across the United States through dental insurance, vision care and other related health businesses. Highmark Health Services is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 37 independent, community-based and locally-operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for more than 105 million members – one-in-three Americans.  For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit bcbs.com. We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog, for up-to-date information about BCBSA.