RICHARDSON, Texas, April 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) today announced it is partnering with Sanitas USA to open 10 advanced primary care medical centers in Dallas and Houston. The medical centers will deliver primary care, urgent care, lab and diagnostic imaging services, care coordination, and wellness and disease management programs – all under one roof. The medical centers will be open for appointments beginning Jan. 1, 2020.
The partnership is designed to make flexible and affordable health care options more accessible for members and their families. It will create a new, value-based care delivery model that takes an integrated, holistic approach to patients' health. The focus is to increase the availability of primary care services to diverse communities to address the gaps and fragmentation in care that create barriers to good health.
"Our partnership with Sanitas is another example of collaborating with health care providers to deliver the best possible care and support to our members," said Dan McCoy, M.D., president of BCBSTX. "We believe that this partnership will advance primary care services and is an effective approach to providing quality health care outcomes, improving member engagement and experience, and lowering costs for our members, including populations that may have difficulty accessing care."
Some locations will be open 365 days a year, and every location will have extended weekday and weekend hours. Members can access care when it's convenient for them or when they need it most urgently.
"We are excited to begin our journey with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and look forward to working closely together to bring more value to their members and communities," said Joseba Grajales, president of Keralty Group, the parent company of Sanitas USA. "Our approach to care is centered on our patients and their families, giving them more time with the doctor and the convenience of a one-stop medical center for their everyday health care needs. Our expansion to Texas will continue to build on our success in Florida, New Jersey and Connecticut, serving more than 200,000 patients in diverse communities."
The first 10 medical centers that will be opened through this new partnership will be located throughout Harris and Dallas counties: Bellaire, Katy, Northwest Houston, Southeast Houston, Spring and West Houston in Harris County; and Irving, Las Colinas, Mesquite and Richardson in Dallas County. Construction will begin in spring 2019.
The medical centers will service Blue Cross and Blue Shield card holders and accept self-pay patients and seniors with traditional Medicare coverage.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) – the only statewide, customer-owned health insurer in Texas – is the largest provider of health benefits in the state, working with nearly 80,000 physicians and healthcare practitioners, and 500 hospitals to serve more than 5 million members in all 254 counties.
BCBSTX is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) (which operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Texas, Illinois, Montana, Oklahoma and New Mexico), the country's largest customer- owned health insurer, and fourth largest health insurer overall. Health Care Service Corporation is a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
About Sanitas USA
Sanitas USA is a subsidiary of Keralty, a leading multinational health organization serving more than 4 million people with presence in Spain, United States, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Sanitas also includes educational and socially-focused organizations that complement its world of health mission. In the United States, Sanitas has 29 medical centers in Florida, Connecticut and New Jersey in close collaboration with local leading health insurance organizations. Sanitas brings a unique integrated care model that improves access to quality and culturally relevant primary and urgent care while reducing the total cost of care. For more information, visit mysanitas.com.
SOURCE Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas