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Community Health Network enters into new contract with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to improve patient health, lower costs

For release on September 29, 2015

Anthem is first insurer to sign contract with Community Health Network since its formation of Primaria Health, the company created recently to improve coordination of care and enhance patient experience  

Indianapolis, IN---Community Health Network announced today that it has reached an agreement with the state’s largest health insurer on a value-based contract that will benefit patients, primary care providers and employers across Central Indiana.

“This contract with the largest payer in the state of Indiana is an important step on the path to a value-based system, where the emphasis is placed on better health outcomes at lower healthcare costs,” said Bryan Mills, president and CEO of Community. “We are now transitioning to a new healthcare future that helps patients prevent illness and stay healthier longer.”

With this agreement, Anthem becomes the first health benefits company in Indiana to contract with Community Health Network since the formation of Primaria Health LLC Sept. 1. Primaria Health is a management services organization formed by Community, in a joint venture with VillageMD, to help Community and independent primary care physicians across 38 counties in Central Indiana manage the health of their patients.

Approximately 70,000 of Anthem’s policyholders who receive healthcare services from a Community primary care physician will be supported by Primaria, which provides the tools and resources enabling physicians to focus on their patients, delivering quality care that will keep them healthy.

“Community physicians, using the resources of the newly established Primaria, will proactively reach out to Anthem members to help them manage chronic disease, coordinate their care and improve their health,” said Robert W. Hillman, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana.  “Our members will be pleased to see more emphasis on preventive health and wellness and efforts to prevent costly hospital readmissions. This contract continues Anthem’s productive relationship with Community Health Network. We believe that their efforts to improve health and control health care costs will benefit Anthem’s customers throughout Central Indiana.”

Primaria Health will begin providing services to Community primary care physicians October 1.

“Patients will now live in an age where they can expect improved health through prevention, early identification, and improved methods of treating chronic diseases,” said Doug Stratton, CEO of Primaria Health. “Primaria will help physicians with proven processes and sophisticated data analysis that will show them who’s most at risk for complicated health conditions, and provide additional resources to help manage their conditions.”

About Community Health Network

Ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana’s leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, health pavilions and doctor’s offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes. As a non-profit health system with over 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout Central Indiana, Community’s full continuum of care integrates hundreds of physicians, specialty and acute care hospitals, surgery centers, home care services, MedChecks, behavioral health and employer health services. To learn more, visit eCommunity.com or call 800-777-7775.


Lynda de Widt, Media Relations
Lynda de Widt
Media Relations