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 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.


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.


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


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.


Large group Blue HPN health plans sold in Ohio will have a plan prefix of H8H, small group plans will have a prefix of H9H, and MEWA plans will have a prefix of H6Q.  Keep in mind that other prefixes may be part of HPN plan member IDs. 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 - Ohio