Press Releases Sep 20, 2018

Oak Street Health Announces Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield as Its First Collaborator in Ohio for Value-Based Care Delivery

Cleveland, OH - September 20, 2018 — Oak Street Health, a network of primary care centers providing a new model of value-based primary care to Medicare patients, and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) have entered into an innovative value-based network agreement in Cleveland. Effective today, consumers enrolled in Anthem Medicare Advantage HMO and PPO plans in Cleveland will have access to Oak Street Health’s first three patient care centers in the area that focus on well care, which keeps consumers happy, healthy and out of the hospital.

As we continue to grow our presence in Cleveland, we want to ensure we provide local Anthem Medicare Advantage consumers the highest quality of care possible,” said Brian Clem, President of Oak Street Health Indiana and Ohio. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Anthem and rebuilding healthcare the way it should be in Cleveland.”

Oak Street Health’s community-based care model focuses on the overall value of healthcare for its patients. Its facilities feature more comprehensive services than a traditional doctor’s office, with 24-hour access to a physician, flexible scheduling, more face time with doctors, transportation to office visits, community health and wellness events, state-of-the-art technology and a dedicated care team to coordinate all health needs. This proven strategy has reduced Medicare hospitalizations in other Oak Street facilities by more than 40 percent.

This new agreement is a testament to Oak Street Health and Anthem’s mission to improve the health and well-being of our Medicare consumers,” said David McNichols, President of Anthem’s Medicare Central Region. Anthem is committed to delivering a healthcare experience that makes it easier for consumers to lead healthier lives. By adding Oak Street Health’s care center to our network in the Cleveland area, we’re enhancing our ability to give our consumers comprehensive primary care services close to their communities.”

Oak Street Health’s patient care centers are scheduled to open in September through the end of 2018. Centers are located at:

To learn more about Oak Street Health’s value-based primary care model, visit http://www.oakstreethealth.com… Oak Street Health

Oak Street Health is a rapidly growing company of primary care centers for adults on Medicare in medically underserved communities where there is little to no quality healthcare. Oak Street’s care is based on an entirely new model that is based on value for its patients, not on volume of services. The company is accountable for its patients’ health, spending more than twice as long with its patients and taking on the risks and costs of their care. Oak Street Health has been investing in communities since 2013 – providing much-needed primary care for tens of thousands of people.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio

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Kyle Rall
Walker Sands Communications
312 – 964-9114
kyle.rall@walkersands.com

Hieu Nguyen
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
202 – 510-8848
hieu.nguyen2@anthem.com