Philadelphia – December 21, 2016 – In a shared commitment to improve the quality and affordability of health care in Pennsylvania, Independence Blue Cross (Independence) and Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) have signed a new multi-year contract.
“The new multi-year contract demonstrates how much we value our long-standing relationship with Lehigh Valley Health Network and how committed we are to providing high-quality, patient-centered care to our members,” said Anthony Coletta, M.D., MBA, executive vice president of Independence. “The relationships we have with health systems like Lehigh Valley Health Network are about building collaborations that transform how we care for the patients we serve.”
“Lehigh Valley Health Network looks forward to continuing our relationship with Independence Blue Cross,” said Gregory G. Kile, senior vice president of Insurance and Payer Strategies, LVHN, and president and CEO, Populytics, Inc. “This is a positive collaboration for the community that makes high-quality health care available, accessible and affordable.”
The new contract, which went into effect on October 1, 2016, offers Independence members continued access to covered services at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Allentown, Lehigh Valley Hospital – Muhlenberg, and the physicians and ancillary providers they employ.
About Independence Blue Cross
Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania. With our affiliates, we serve more than 8.5 million people in 31 states and the District of Columbia, including more than 2.5 million in the region. For nearly 80 years, we have been enhancing the health and wellness of the people and communities we serve by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness. To learn more, visit www.ibx.com. Connect with us on Facebook at ibx.com/facebook and on Twitter at @ibx. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association