ThedaCare, Bellin Health Announce Collaboration with HealthPartners

Partnership will introduce new health plan options in Wisconsin

NORTHEAST WISCONSIN — Bellin Health and ThedaCare are working with Minnesota-based HealthPartners to offer new health plan products. This partnership will give companies in Wisconsin more options when choosing a health plan for their employees.

The new product offerings will be marketed as Robin with HealthPartners. The first products offered are for large employers. (Those with more than 50 employees.). Network options include Bellin Health and ThedaCare hospitals and clinics, and many other independent providers. Coverage is available starting in early 2018.

“This collaboration improves health insurance offerings for consumers. It also gives us the ability to drive cost and quality initiatives, which ultimately benefits patients,” said George Kerwin, president and CEO of Bellin Health, based in Green Bay. “HealthPartners is recognized for outstanding member satisfaction. It is one of the primary reasons why we sought them out as a health insurance partner.”

The three non-profit organizations also have a common mission of helping people live healthier lives through access to high-quality and affordable care. Both ThedaCare and Bellin selected a Robin with HealthPartners plan for their own employees.

“Our shared goal to improve the health and well-being of our communities is a solid foundation on which to build this collaboration,” said Imran Andrabi, MD, president and CEO of ThedaCare, which is based in Appleton. “This is an opportunity to extend access to safe, expert local care while managing costs over time.”

Bellin and ThedaCare have a successful history of working together. In 2008, they teamed up to form an accountable care organization (ACO). Soon after, it was selected for the Pioneer ACO Program, run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Only 32 ACO programs were selected to participate. In three years, the partnership created $14 million in savings for the federal government. It was the undisputed leader in cost and quality within the national program.

HealthPartners has a longstanding history of providing both health care and coverage in western Wisconsin. “We are excited to partner with Bellin and ThedaCare and expand health plan choices for Wisconsin employers,” said Andrea Walsh, president and CEO, HealthPartners.

“By working together, we can advance the quality and affordability of care, and most importantly, improve health with friends, families and the community.”

HealthPartners is known for member satisfaction and quality results. The organization is the top-rated private commercial health plan in Minnesota. It is also one of the highest-rated health plans in the nation, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)*.

More information and a complete list of network providers is available at www.healthpartners.com/robin.

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*NCQA Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2017–2018—Private

About Bellin Health: Bellin Health, www.bellin.org, is an integrated healthcare delivery system based in Green Bay, Wis. It has serviced people in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since 1908. Bellin Health has more than 4,000 employees and is known for its emphasis on preventive healthcare and is the region’s leader in cardiac, orthopedics, sports medicine, digestive health, mental health, and primary care medicine. It is comprised of Bellin Hospital, Bellin Psychiatric Center, 31 Bellin Health primary care physician clinics, and several retail health clinics known as Bellin Health FastCare. Bellin operates Bellin Health Oconto Hospital, a critical care access hospital in Oconto, Wis., Bellin Fitness, and Bellin College. The health system also belongs to Bellin Health Partners, a clinically integrated network that includes Bellin Health, its employed providers and independent affiliated providers; Holy Family Memorial in Manitowoc, Wis., and its employed providers; and Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain, Mich., and its employed providers.  

 

About ThedaCare: For more than 100 years, ThedaCare® has been committed to finding a better way to deliver serious and complex healthcare to patients throughout Northeast and Central Wisconsin. The organization serves over 200,000 patients annually and employs more than 6,700 healthcare professionals throughout the region. ThedaCare has seven hospitals located in Appleton, Neenah, Berlin, Waupaca, Shawano, New London and Wild Rose as well as 32 clinics in nine counties. ThedaCare is the first in Wisconsin to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network Member, giving specialists the ability to consult with Mayo Clinic experts on a patient’s care. ThedaCare is a non-profit healthcare organization with a level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer treatment, stroke and cardiac and orthopedic programs, as well as a foundation dedicated to community service. For more information, visit www.thedacare.org or follow ThedaCare on Facebook and Twitter.

About HealthPartners: Founded in 1957, HealthPartners serves more than 1.8 million medical and dental health plan members nationwide. It is the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation and provides care, coverage, research and education to improve health and well-being in partnership with members, patients and the community. HealthPartners is the top-rated commercial health plan in Minnesota and is also one of the top-rated health plans in the nation, according to National Committee for Quality Assurance's (NCQA) Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2016–2017. The HealthPartners family of plans includes HealthPartners, Inc., HealthPartners Insurance Company and HealthPartners Administrators, Inc. For more information, visit healthpartners.com.

Media Contacts

Bellin Health

Scott Stein, Marketing & Communications Consultant

Scott.Stein@bellin.org or (920) 676-0711

ThedaCare

Megan Mulholland, APR, media relations

Megan.Mulholland@thedacare.org or (920) 830-5847

HealthPartners

Catherine Scott, communications supervisor

Catherine.c.scott@healthpartners.com or (952) 883-6545