DALLAS and RICHARDSON, Texas, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) and Baylor Scott & White Health announce a new 4-year agreement, ensuring BCBSTX members continued access to the Baylor Scott & White health care system.
BCBSTX members in the BlueChoice ® PPO, Blue Essentials ® HMO and Blue Premier ® HMO health plans will continue to enjoy access to Baylor Scott & White Health's full network of over 900 access points throughout Central and North Texas. Baylor Scott & White Health will also continue to have limited participation in BCBSTX's Blue Advantage ® HMO plan, welcoming the plan at five of its hospitals. "This new agreement ensures that BCBSTX members in our region continue to have access to the quality, patient-centered healthcare offered by Baylor Scott & White Health," said Gary Brock, Executive Vice President of Baylor Scott & White Health. "Our aim is always to provide patients with the right care, at the right time, in the right place — and by the right caregiver." Two additional components of the agreement include the incorporation of Baylor Scott & White Health's Central Texas network as a provider of coordinated care services to children with special healthcare needs and their families under Texas' STAR Kids® Health Plan, offered by BCBSTX, and a future commitment by the insurer for stronger integration with Baylor Scott & White's Accountable Care Organization (ACO), Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance, starting in 2017. "This agreement confirms and strengthens the longstanding relationship between these two organizations, and stresses our commitment to provide our members access to quality, cost-effective healthcare," said Jack Towsley, Divisional Senior Vice President of Health Care Delivery at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. "As stewards of our members' health care coverage dollars, this is a responsibility we take very seriously." This milestone adds to the long, shared history of two of North Texas' leading health care organizations. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas came into existence in 1929, when then Dallas schools superintendent, Justin Ford Kimball, became the Baylor University official who devised a plan that would allow teachers to contribute fifty cents a month to a fund that would guarantee them up to twenty-one days of hospital care at Baylor Hospital.¹ The world of health care coverage has undergone transformational changes since the days of that Baylor Plan, but the close relationship between these two Dallas institutions continues to endure. ¹Texas State Historical Association