Harvard Pilgrim announces expanded ElevateHealth offerings, will enter 2015 marketplace
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s ElevateHealth network will include Concord Hospital and Concord Hospital Medical group beginning in October, the company announced this week.
Starting in July, the ElevateHealth network will also include Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Physicians Association of Rochester, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital and Health Partners of New Hampshire, Exeter Hospital and Core Physicians, and Monadnock Community Hospital and affiliated physicians, according to a press release. The network already includes Dartmouth-Hitchcock and its Community Group Practices, Elliot Health System, Elliot Physician Network and Elliot Professional Services, Cheshire Medical Center, New London Hospital and affiliated physicians, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and Foundation Medical Partners, Derry Medical Center, and Southern New Hampshire Internal Medicine, among others.
ElevateHealth will be offered alongside Harvard Pilgrim’s New Hampshire Provider Network on the state’s health insurance marketplace in 2015, pending approval at the state and federal levels. It is one of four additional carriers that have applied to join Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield – the only marketplace carrier in 2014 – next year. Others seeking approval include Assurant Health, Maine Community Health Options and Minuteman Health, according to the New Hampshire Insurance Department.
Unveiled last year, ElevateHealth is a partnership between Harvard Pilgrim, Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Elliot Health to establish a care-coordination network. In this model, the partners involved would participate in more information sharing across the network and patients have access to a liaison to help them navigate the system, ElevateHealth President Corbin Petro said.
ElevateHealth officials said the network’s premiums cost an average of 10 percent less than Harvard Pilgrim’s full-network plans. This is, in part, because the network’s “coordinated approach” ends up reducing duplication throughout participating institutions, Petro said.
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