SOURCE: Premera Blue Cross

Premera Blue Cross

August 10, 2016 15:16 ET

Premera and Northwest Medical Specialties Seek to Improve the Patient Experience With New Contract

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WA--(Marketwired - August 10, 2016) - Premera Blue Cross today announced a new three-year agreement with Northwest Medical Specialties that gives Premera members in-network access to oncology programs that place an emphasis on improving the patient experience while delivering better value.

The agreement provides for a new kind of healthcare partnership that seeks to tie payments to better outcomes, while providing supportive care for patients and their families.

"We're committed to improving our customers' lives by making healthcare work better," said John Espinola, MD and Executive Vice President for Premera. "Crucial to that is working with partners like Northwest Medical Specialties who share our commitment to ensuring patients receive the care they need and the customer experience they deserve, while working to make healthcare more affordable."

"We are very excited about this opportunity, to develop a new cancer care model with Premera. This is an initiative that we think will help change the healthcare model, bringing real value to our patients and healthcare partners," said Jorge Chaves, M.D., with Northwest Medical Specialties.

The deal continues a partnership that allows Premera members access to health care services at all six Northwest Medical Specialties locations, including Tacoma, Puyallup, Federal Way, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, and Bonney Lake.

About Premera Blue Cross

Premera Blue Cross is a leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest, providing comprehensive health benefits and tailored services to approximately 1.9 million people, from individuals to Fortune 100 companies. The company offers innovative health and wellness solutions focused on quality outcomes for patients and controlling costs. Premera Blue Cross, which has operated in Washington since 1933, is a not-for-profit, independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

About Northwest Medical Specialties

NWMS provides state of the art medical service for patients diagnosed with oncology, hematology and infectious diseases. They are dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and understanding individual needs.

With a team of dedicated staff conveniently located in seven south Puget Sound locations: Tacoma, Puyallup, Gig Harbor, Federal Way, Lakewood, and Bonney Lake, they are also committed to the advancement of medical treatment through research.

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