Anthem, Cleveland Clinic team up to offer Medicare Advantage plan in Ohio

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The Cleveland Clinic and Anthem's new health plan will be available during the upcoming Medicare open enrollment period. (Getty/zimmytws)

The Cleveland Clinic has joined forces with yet another health insurer in an effort to better coordinate care.

The health system announced this week that it will partner with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio to offer a Medicare Advantage plan called Anthem MediBlue Prime Select. The HMO plan, which carries a $0 premium, will be available during this year’s Medicare open enrollment period. 

Members of the plan will receive all of their physician and hospital services exclusively through the Cleveland Clinic, “giving them the continuity of care needed to achieve the best health outcomes possible,” according to David McNichols, president of Anthem’s Medicare central region.

Some services, such as outpatient dialysis, can be accessed through independent providers. Either way, Anthem and the Cleveland Clinic will work together to coordinate all of the services that members receive.

The plans also offer additional benefits, such as dental, vision, an allowance for hearing aids, in-home meals after being discharged from the hospital, and a quarterly stipend for certain over-the-counter health products. 

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Anthem is the second major insurer with which the Cleveland Clinic has recently teamed up to offer new Medicare plans. Last week, the health system announced that it would partner with Humana to offer a Medicare Advantage HMO plan and a dual-eligible special needs plan in northeast Ohio.

In addition, the Cleveland Clinic and Oscar Health will offer cobranded insurance plans in Ohio’s individual insurance market next year, both on and off the Affordable Care Act exchanges. 

Like the Medicare plans that the health system is offering along side Anthem and Humana, the new Oscar plans place a heavy emphasis on care coordination. They also offer telehealth services with no copay and what Oscar CEO Mario Schlosser called a “beautifully designed mobile experience.”