Blue Cross Blue Shield The planis designed specifically for larger employers and will be availablein 55 markets.(Photo: Shutterstock)

Employers have been increasingly experimenting with innovative strategies to control health carecosts. But major health insurers? Not so much–at least untilnow.

In January 2021, Blue Cross & Blue Shield will roll out a"high-performance network" (HPN) that will direct patients toproviders based on quality and cost–sound familiar? Many employers have beenworking with brokers and other consultants in recent years to craftnetworks of high-quality providers, identify Centers of Excellenceand other strategies to make sure their workers are getting theappropriate medical treatment for the best price.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.