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Highmark and Lancaster General Health partner for value

Highmark Inc.

CAMP HILL, Pa. (March 31, 2015) — Lancaster General Health and Highmark Blue Shield are pleased to announce an innovative new partnership dedicated to targeted improvements in quality, cost of patient care and the health care experience in Lancaster County.

The accountable care arrangement, effective January 1, is designed to enhance coordination of patient care, improve health outcomes and eliminate unnecessary spending. Under this value-based payment model, LG Health will provide care team resources and technology to streamline information and support providers in delivering patient-centered care for roughly 27,000 Highmark commercial and Medicare Advantage members in the area. This partnership will involve patients currently receiving care from an LG Health physician (Lancaster General Health Physicians); however, other community physicians will be included in the coming months.

"The current fee-for-service model is evolving to place greater emphasis on health care quality and outcomes, with payment tied to both value and provider performance," said Tom Beeman, President and CEO of Lancaster General Health. "Now and in the future, providers will increasingly focus on keeping people well instead of treating them only when they are sick."

"Highmark is excited to work with LG Health to create innovative new opportunities to improve health care," said Kelly Lieblein, Highmark Blue Shield Regional Vice President. "This new approach will encourage providers to improve the quality and efficiency of care, while stabilizing costs for patients and employers alike."

Accountable care arrangements with rewards for quality and efficiency like the LG Health-Highmark partnership are emerging as payment innovation efforts continue to be deployed across the state and country. The LG Health-Highmark partnership has established focused quality and cost goals that, if attained, will generate savings for consumers and employers.

The accountable care arrangements will be undertaken specifically by LG Health's accountable care organization, the LG Health Community Care Collaborative, which launched in 2014.

About Highmark Inc.

Highmark Inc. is among the ten largest health insurers in the United States and is the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated company. Highmark and its diversified businesses and affiliates operate health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve 5.3 million members. Its diversified health businesses serve group customer and individual health needs across the United States through dental insurance, vision care and other related health businesses. Highmark is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit

About Lancaster General Health

Lancaster General Health (LG Health) is a three-hospital not-for-profit health system recognized regionally and nationally for clinical excellence and patient safety. Members of the LG Health system include the 533-bed Lancaster General Hospital (LGH), the 98-bed Women & Babies Hospital, and the 59-bed Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital. Nearly 100,000 people are enrolled in MyLGHealth, the system's electronic medical record and patient portal. Outpatient services are provided at 14 outpatient centers, including Downtown and Suburban Outpatient Pavilions, three Urgent Care sites and an LG Health Express location. Lancaster General Health Physicians includes more than 300 primary-care and specialist physicians at nearly 40 practices throughout the region. Read more at

For more information, contact:
Leilyn Perri
Highmark Inc.
John Lines
Lancaster General Health