As employers across the country host open enrollment periods for their employees, many will offer a new option this fall: plans built around a Blue High Performance Network (HPN).


Blue HPN® plans offer access to providers with a record of delivering high-quality, efficient care. Blue HPN networks will go live January 1, 2021 in more than 50 cities across the country. Anthem’s entire Missouri service area, including the St. Louis metro area, is included in the national HPN network. The Kansas City metro area has its own non-Anthem HPN that is part of the national Blue HPN.


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 Missouri, Anthem is offering large group employers plans with access to the Blue HPN network with the existing Blue Preferred Network serving as the Missouri HPN entry.


If you are not sure whether your practice is part of the Blue HPN or Blue Preferred Network, 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 the Blue HPN/Blue Preferred Network through new products. These will be 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.


Below is a sample ID card for a member from Missouri enrolled in a national employer Blue HPN plan. Note the new “Blue High Performance Network” logo and “HPN” indicator in the suitcase icon.



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October 2020 Anthem Provider News - Missouri