Medicare Advantage members in Knoxville area will have additional care options
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will expand its Medicare Advantage network in 2020 with the addition of Summit Medical Group, East Tennessee’s largest primary care organization.
More than 300 Summit Medical Group providers serve patients at more than 60 practice locations in 13 counties. The organization, which has been recognized by the National Committee on Quality Assurance for comprehensive primary care, will also be part of a new plan specifically designed by BlueCross to address the needs of its diabetic members.
“Summit Medical Group’s patient-centric approach matches our own commitment to improving health for those we serve. We are excited to expand our existing relationship for the benefit of our Medicare Advantage members, especially those with diabetes,” said Todd Ray, vice president of the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee senior care division. Ray noted the organization has been part of value-based care programs with BlueCross for several years and has consistently earned high quality ratings.
“Summit’s care coordinators work with providers to make sure BlueCross members get the care they need, when they need it and where they need it – and we look forward to making their services available to our senior members next year.”
“Summit Medical Group leads the region in providing excellence in primary care for all patients, and specifically, our team earns high marks for Medicare Advantage members, diabetes management, and our wellness and preventive health care initiatives,” said Ed Curtis, Summit Medical Group CEO. “Expanding Summit’s relationship with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is a natural fit to extend our value-based, top-quality care and proven services to our senior patients. We look forward to this partnership and the access it affords the community members of East Tennessee as we continue to positively impact many lives and the overall health of our region.”
For more information about Summit Medical Center, visit SummitMedical.com. To learn more about BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, visit bcbst.com.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s mission is to provide peace of mind through better health. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on serving more than 3.5 million members in Tennessee and across the country. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company’s website at bcbst.com.
About Summit Medical Group
Summit Medical Group, founded in 1995, is East Tennessee’s largest primary care organization with more than 300 providers at more than 60 practice locations in 13 counties. Dedicated to providing comprehensive quality care and value, Summit also consists of four diagnostic imaging centers, mobile diagnostic services, eight physical therapy centers, four express clinics, central laboratory and a sleep services center. Summit provides healthcare services to more than 280,000 patients, averaging over one million encounters annually. For more information, visit www.summitmedical.com.
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