New health plans built around Anthem’s Blue High Performance Network (HPN) will take effect January 1, 2021. 

Blue HPN® provide value to our Members and clients.  Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is launching Blue HPN to keep pace with the rapidly evolving nature of healthcare and to answer the call from our national employer groups to improve health outcomes and affordability of care for their organizations and employees.  Blue HPN networks will go live January 1, 2021 in more than 50 cities across the country.


Blue HPN is a national network designed from our local market expertise, deep data and strong provider relationships, and aligned with local networks across the country. These local networks are then connected to the national chassis to form a national Blue HPN network. In Colorado, the Blue HPN network includes the same set of providers as the Pathway PPO/EPO Network that was already in place.


If you are not sure whether your practice is part of the Pathway PPO/EPO network and therefore the Blue HPN, ask your office manager or business office, or contact your Anthem Provider Relations Representative. Blue HPN participation will be displayed in provider profiles in our online provider directory January 1, 2021.


Beginning January 1, you may see patients accessing this network through either a small group, large group, or national account plans with an Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) plan design. Under EPO plans, out of network benefits are limited to emergency or urgent care. Members must select a primary care provider, but PCP referrals are not required for specialty care.


BlueHPN health plans sold in Colorado will have a plan prefix of C5X, H8C, or H6D, but keep in mind that other prefixes may be part of HPN plan member IDs. Below is a sample ID card for a member from Colorado enrolled in the national employer Blue HPN plan. Note the new “HPN” indicator in the suitcase icon.



Please see our Blue High Performance Network - Frequently Asked Questions for additional details. 


Anthem hosted a “Working with Anthem” webinar focused on Blue HPN in November. If you missed the webinar you may access a webinar recording.  Select the Registration link below, and the access the “Event Recordings”.  The recordings are password protected and case sensitive.  The password for this webinar is “WwA112020”.  Register for a Working with Anthem Webinar





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December 2020 Anthem Provider News and Important Updates -- Colorado