LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 25, 2021 – Small businesses in Orange and Los Angeles counties will now have greater access to high-quality, more affordable health care thanks to Anthem Blue Cross. Anthem’s Vivity Heath Plan today announced it will be expanding its health care offerings to small businesses in both counties beginning in 2022. Vivity is Anthem’s regionally focused health plan with top-ranking non-profit health systems including Cedars-Sinai, Huntington Hospital, MemorialCare Health System, Providence, PIH Health, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and UCLA Health. Expanding Vivity as a high value offering to small businesses, those with 100 full-time employees or fewer, is part of Anthem’s continuing efforts to simplify health care by giving employers and their employees access to care that is coordinated, affordable and helps improve their overall health and wellbeing.
“We’re pleased to offer small businesses and employees in Los Angeles and Orange counties access to Vivity which is a highly-differentiated product and provider network that features some of the nation’s top-ranked health systems,” said Mark Reynolds, Chief Operating Officer of Anthem Blue Cross. “Vivity has been part of Anthem’s Large Group portfolio since 2015 and timing is right to offer the same high-quality care, personalized experience, exceptional service, and affordable pricing to our small group customers.”
Previously only available for large group employers, those with 100 or more employees, Vivity’s small group plans offer employees low or no costs copays, 24/7 virtual doctor visits, low-cost prescription coverage, behavioral health support, and access to Vivity’s network of world-class high-quality physicians, specialists and hospitals. Through the partnership with Anthem and these nationally recognized health systems, Vivity has been able to consistently deliver lower costs and higher quality to large employers.
“Small businesses should have access to the same affordable, quality health care that their larger counterparts have and that’s what we’re doing with this expansion, added Reynolds. “Vivity provides access to health systems that deliver world-class care, a member-first experience and collaboration that drives value and better health outcomes – all at no or low-cost.”
Offered as an HMO product for employer groups in Southern California, Vivity provides high-quality care at an affordable cost to its customers and members. Small businesses will now have access to Southern California’s nationally recognized non-profit health systems that are philosophically aligned on innovative ways to deliver the best care possible at a competitive price point.
“Vivity has a novel approach to improving the care model and patient experience, where all the Vivity health systems cooperate to improve and spread best practices,” said Dr. Samuel A. Skootsky, Chief Medical Officer, UCLA Health.
In large group, average Vivity Health Plan premiums historically have ranged from 20 to 25 percent below Anthem’s leading traditional HMO network, offering access to best-in-class health systems at a competitive price. Small Group employers will realize the same competitive pricing with average premiums up to 22 percent lower than Anthem’s Full Gold HMO network.
“This is exactly what small businesses have been asking for. These small group plans are designed to help small businesses meet their business goals while providing high-quality, cost-effective care and coverage to their employees,” said Reynolds.
Vivity provides a virtually integrated health care system experience where each joint-venture partner shares best practices around clinical expertise, care coordination, and member experience to deliver high-quality, cost-effective care and coverage. Vivity leverages its nationally recognized, integrated network of doctors and hospitals with Anthem’s health plan expertise, care management capabilities, and analytical insights.
For more information visit www.vivityhealth.com.
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Vivity is an Anthem Blue Cross health benefit plan that brings together multiple hospital systems to partner on clinical quality goals and care coordination to provide members with a virtually integrated delivery system. The model establishes a provider reimbursement structure that contains a joint risk-sharing arrangement for institutional services between Anthem Blue Cross and the participating hospital systems that are affiliated or contractually aligned with one or more of the medical groups in the provider network. For more information visit www.vivityhealth.com.