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, including in the Cincinnati, Cleveland-Elyria and Columbus metro areas.


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 Ohio, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) is offering large and small group employer plans with access to the HPN Network, calling the network for those plans Blue Connection.


If you are not sure whether your practice is part of 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 plan. These will be HMO plans or HSA plans with an HMO 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 Ohio enrolled in the 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 - Ohio