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Advocate Physician Groups Join BlueAdvantage HMO Network on Feb. 1, 2011

 Information supplied by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is pleased to announce that effective Feb. 1, 2011, Advocate physician groups are joining the BlueAdvantage HMO network. BlueAdvantage HMO members will now be able to select a primary care physician (PCP) and Woman’s Principal Health Care Provider (WPHCP), if applicable, when they enroll in one of the Advocate medical groups.

Also, this network change will give BlueAdvantage HMO members the opportunity to select Advocate physician groups affiliated with the following hospitals: Advocate Christ Medical Center, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, as well as the other Advocate contracting network hospitals. Advocate physician groups currently contract with the HMO Illinois provider network.

The BlueAdvantage HMO contracting provider network is a subset of the network offered to HMO Illinois members, with a smaller – but still broad – contracting health care provider network. Tailored for members who prefer a more affordable health care plan, BlueAdvantage HMO premiums are typically less than HMO Illinois premiums.

For employer groups looking for strategies to make their health care benefits budget more economical, BlueAdvantage HMO offers a cost-effective alternative that can also help their employees manage their health care budget.

Employer groups will be notified via the spring Benefits Management Briefing newsletter.

Locating Advocate Providers

Beginning Feb. 1, 2011, BlueAdvantage HMO members will be able to use the BCBSIL Provider Finder® tool to find contracting Advocate hospitals and medical groups. Currently, these providers can be located via the Provider Finder tool when searching the PPO and HMO Illinois provider networks.



* This article is for information purposes only.



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