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In the News: Blue Shield Collaborates with Major California Insurers in First-of-Its-Kind Agreement to Transform Primary Care

Five of California's largest health insurance companies, including Blue Shield of California, recently signed a memorandum of understanding for the California Advanced Primary Care Initiative. Together, they are pledging to standardize finance, support, and measure the delivery of advanced primary care.

Peter Long
Peter Long

Inspired in part by Blue Shield's Primary Care Reimagined, the advanced primary care model rewards healthcare providers for practices that deliver on preventive health measures, reduce unnecessary emergency room and hospital admissions, and create a great member experience. It also aims to reduce administrative burdens on providers so they can focus on the delivery of high-quality care.

"This initiative reflects our understanding that the impact of any one payer alone is limited," said Peter Long, executive vice president of Strategy and Health Solutions at Blue Shield of California. "That’s why Blue Shield is committed to partnering with our peer payers and providers to scale delivery of high-quality primary care across the state. Ultimately, we know this is what is best for our members, and we all must work together to make this vision a reality for all Californians."

Click the links below to read news coverage about the agreement.