BCBSTX and Sanitas Medical Center Unveil New Medical Center to Advance Primary and Value-Based Care
Monday, October 7, 2019
Centers will serve diverse communities with one-stop access to multiple healthcare services and offer onsite answers for insurance questions
Oct. 4, 2019
RICHARDSON, Texas – Sanitas Medical Center (Sanitas) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) today unveiled the first of 10 new medical centers that will be opened over the next several months in the Dallas and Houston regions. The medical centers feature an advanced primary care model that takes an integrated, holistic approach to patients’ health by providing multiple healthcare services – under one roof.
Earlier this year, Sanitas and BCBSTX announced a collaboration to open the medical centers to serve as one-stop shops for BCBSTX members by delivering primary care, urgent care, lab and diagnostic imaging services, care coordination, and wellness and disease management programs in one place.
“To address the gaps and fragmentation in care that create barriers to good health, our goal with this collaboration is to provide value-based primary care to increase the opportunities for coordinated, high-quality health outcomes for our members,” said Dr. Dan McCoy, president of BCBSTX. “Primary care physicians are the cornerstone of optimal health care outcomes. They, in combination with their team of other healthcare professionals, help members and their families deal with the majority of their healthcare needs, navigate the healthcare system and coordinate care with the right specialists when care is needed outside a primary care setting.
“The idea is to make flexible and affordable healthcare options more accessible for our members and their families. We are optimistic that this collaboration will help advance value-based care, and in the process, have an impact on the cost of care for our members.
The centers will reflect the culture and diversity of Dallas and Houston with bilingual doctors and staff providing all clinical services, while BCBSTX customer service representatives will also be on the premises to help members coordinate non-clinical aspects of their care such as answering questions in English and Spanish about enrollment, Medicare and other questions related to health insurance. The medical centers will service BCBSTX card holders and accept self-pay patients and seniors with traditional Medicare coverage.
“We’re excited to collaborate with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas to bring our high-value, patient-centered care to Texas,” said Sergio Martinez, Global CEO, Keralty Group, the parent company of Sanitas USA. “We believe patients will appreciate the convenience our centers provide through expanded services, extended hours including weekends and mobile access to our doctors.”
Dr. Adriana Higuera, Regional Medical Director for Sanitas, added: “Patients of all ages can expect friendly doctors and care teams who will spend extra time with them to meet their healthcare needs. Our emphasis on preventive care, wellness and chronic disease management programs and community engagement will help our patients stay healthy and have peace of mind.”
While most of the medical centers will open in the coming weeks, the official opening is January 1, 2020. As the centers open in the coming weeks, BCBSTX members and patients are welcome to visit locations near their homes for enrollment and community awareness events. Most locations will be open 365 days a year, but every location will have extended weekday and weekend hours for the convenience of members.
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