Blue High Performance Network plans offer access to providers with a record of delivering high-quality, efficient care. BlueHPN® networks first went live January 1, 2021 in more than 50 cities across the country, including the Kansas City metro area. Since then, our national customer base has grown, and again this fall, major employers will offer plans with access to our high performance network for the 2022 benefit year.


Member ID cards and other plan material will feature one small change for 2022: BlueHPN is now a single word rather than two.


As a reminder, BlueHPN 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 connected to the national chassis to form a national BlueHPN network. In Missouri, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) offers large group employers plans with access to the Blue HPN network, with the Blue Preferred Network serving as the Missouri HPN entry.


If you are not sure whether your practice is part of the Blue Preferred Network and therefore the BlueHPN, ask your office manager or business office, or contact your Anthem network representative. Updated BlueHPN participation will be displayed in provider profiles in our provider directory January 1, 2021.


As has been true this year, you may see patients accessing the Blue HPN/Blue Preferred Network through Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) plans or HSA plans with an EPO network. Under these 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.


Large group BlueHPN health plans sold in Missouri have a plan prefix of H8R, but keep in mind that other prefixes may be part of HPN plan member IDs. For example, the sample ID card below is for a fictional member from Missouri enrolled in the national employer Blue High Performance Network plan, with an “H7S” prefix. The “Blue High Performance Network” logo and “BlueHPN” indicator in the suitcase icon are the most reliable indicators that a member is enrolled in an HPN plan.



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November 2021 Anthem Provider News - Missouri