Banner Health Network to serve new Health Net plan – ExcelCare
Health Net of Arizona, Inc. -- a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. -- and Banner Health Network have collaborated to create Health Net ExcelCare, a new cost-effective commercial HMO network for Maricopa County and parts of Pinal County effective Jan. 1, 2012. ExcelCare consists exclusively of nationally recognized Banner Health Network providers.
"We worked collaboratively with Banner Health, a longstanding strategic provider partner, to create this network and help make health care work for Arizonans," said Bret Morris, president of Health Net of Arizona, Inc.
"Health Net has been focused on developing and introducing tailored networks in our western region markets," said Steve Sell, president of Health Net's Western Region Health Plan. "Tailored networks are rooted in very well-established relationships with our contracted providers and aim to provide a high level of quality care without a high price tag."
"We are thrilled to introduce this product in Arizona," added Morris. "Compared with the same level of coverage available through our full HMO network, employers selecting ExcelCare will experience significant premium savings."
Offered to both small and large employer groups, Health Net ExcelCare is available in all of Maricopa County and parts of Pinal County. Members will have access to more than 2,650 Banner Health Network primary care physicians and specialists. Hospitals and facilities through ExcelCare include all of the Banner hospital facilities, including Cardon Children's Hospital and the recently opened Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center.
"ExcelCare is designed to provide members with a trusted doctor-patient relationship, enhanced by a wellness incentive program, and delivers a highly coordinated patient experience," said Marcus Wallace, MD, Health Net of Arizona medical director. "These are important to maximizing health, helping to improve the patient experience and helping to deliver lower costs for members."