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Choose your provider network wisely

The provider network you choose can have a significant impact on your employees’ health and your ability to contain health care costs. A health plan from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota guarantees access to quality and choice.

Quality is the foundation of all Blue Cross networks. All of our network providers meet strict credentialing requirements, including a proven ability to deliver quality care and meet NCQA standards.

Depending on your goals, we offer provider networks that:

  • Include the largest number of doctors, clinics and hospitals in the state, country – even the world
  • Drive employees to use more cost-effective health care services
  • Provide employees with the most options to get the care that works best for them
  • Help you choose the best doctors for specialty surgeries and conditions

Featured network: Blue Performance

One strategy to contain rising health care costs is to offer employees a choice of lower cost providers. The Blue Performance network emphasizes cost and quality transparency to help employees make informed choices. Blue Performance is a lower price alternative for fully insured or self-insured groups with two or more employees.

Search a list of more than 39,000 providers in the Blue Performance Enhanced network .

Explore our networks

See a short description of each of our provider networks below or compare all networks (PDF).

  • Aware® Minnesota network  – An open access network with unparalleled breadth and depth of network, stability and discounts. It includes more than 39,000 providers statewide.
  • Accord Minnesota network – A Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) network with broad access and less cost. It includes more than 38,000 providers statewide.
  • Blue Performance Enhanced network  –  A Twin Cities-focused tiered network providing choice-based cost by tiering providers. Includes more than 39,000 providers statewide.
  • Blue Performance Regional network  – A statewide-focused tiered network providing choice-based cost by tiering providers. Includes more than 39,000 providers statewide.
  • BlueCard® PPO National network ExternalLink – A national network that enables members to obtain health care services while traveling or living anywhere across the United States; Includes more than 80 percent of physicians nationwide.
  • BlueCard Worldwide® ExternalLink  – Providers in more than 200 countries.
  • Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® ExternalLink – A national designation awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association to hospitals that have met rigorous evidence-based national quality standards – ensuring your health-benefit dollars are spent wisely. Watch for the Blue Distinction designation when searching for providers in each network.*

As a nonprofit Minnesota health company, Blue Cross has pioneered aligned incentive payment models for providers. These payment models build on a foundation of quality to reward providers – giving them an incentive to provide the best, most cost-effective care possible. We also pass on negotiated discounts for health care services to you and your employees if you use providers in our networks.

Contact your Blue Cross representative for more information about Blue Performance or other networks from Blue Cross.

*Note: Designation as Blue Distinction Centers® means these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your plan, please call Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

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