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


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, including in the Kansas City metro area.


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.


Large group Blue HPN health plans sold in Missouri will 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 new “Blue High Performance Network” logo and “HPN” indicator in the suitcase icon are the most reliable indicators that a member is enrolled in an HPN plan.


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December 2020 Anthem Provider News - Missouri