Piedmont Healthcare, Anthem Blue Cross, and Blue Shield announced Thursday they will continue to partner, ensuring consumers’ access to all Piedmont facilities, physicians and services.
The new multi-year agreement was signed by both organizations more than two months ahead of the former contract deadline, to protect consumers during the continuing coronavirus pandemic.
Piedmont and Anthem renewed their agreement effective April 1, 2021, ensuring the continued participation of Piedmont’s 800 locations, which includes 11 hospitals, 34 urgent care centers, 25 QuickCare locations, and 1,875 physician practices for Anthem members enrolled in HMO/POS and PPO plans.
The agreement also includes the Pathway network in the Athens and Columbus markets.
“We are pleased to build upon our strong partnership with Piedmont and collaborate in new, innovative ways to improve health outcomes and cost of care for our consumers, ensuring they continue to have access to quality, affordable care at Piedmont facilities throughout Georgia,” said Pam Stahl, president, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
“We value the relationship we have with care providers in our network, which are vitally important to creating choices for our consumers and fulfilling our mission of improving the lives of the people in the communities we serve,” Stahl said.
Kevin Brown, President and CEO of Piedmont Healthcare, said, “We appreciate Anthem’s partnership in quickly reaching this agreement so that our full attention can be directed towards our patients and our communities, particularly as we continue our focus on battling COVID-19. Piedmont’s purpose is to make a positive difference in every life we touch, and through the partnership with Anthem, we will continue to provide high-quality, cost-effective care to our joint consumers.”
Consumers with questions can contact Anthem Member Services by using the toll-free number on the back of their current Anthem identification card, or at www.anthem.com. For more information about the services offered at Piedmont, visit www.piedmont.org.