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Capital BlueCross, PinnacleHealth announce collaboration

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Capital BlueCross and PinnacleHealth System are teaming up to offer businesses a new health insurance plan called CareConnect Point of Service.

According to the nonprofit organizations, the plan connects the benefits and services of Capital BlueCross with the physicians and facilities of PinnacleHealth and is powered by the two-year-old accountable care arrangement between them.

Accountable care arrangements are focused on improving health care quality and outcomes and reducing costs. CareConnect features include the freedom to visit any PinnacleHealth network provider without a referral and an incentive program that provides rewards for health and wellness activities.

“It is incumbent upon insurers and health care providers to find innovative ways to help employers achieve workforce health goals and lower costs,” Gary D. St. Hilaire, Capital BlueCross president and CEO, said in a news release. “CareConnect offers this service and PinnacleHealth’s reputation as a trusted provider makes this plan really attractive to businesses seeking the best possible care for their employees.”

“PinnacleHealth continues to focus on providing accessible, affordable, and appropriate care to the community,” said Michael A. Young, PinnacleHealth president and CEO. “Our partnership with Capital BlueCross is an extension of our patient centered medical home for high risk and rising risk patients while our commitment to providing accountable care emphasizes the consistent achievement of high quality with costs that are below the region’s average. Involving patients in his or her plan of care -- from disease prevention to managing chronic illness -- is integral in keeping health care costs low and providing coordinated care focused on the best outcomes.”

Capital BlueCross is based in Susquehanna Township, and PinnacleHealth System is based in Harrisburg.

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