Northwestern Medicine (NM) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) are offering consumers expanded access to affordable, high-quality primary and specialty care close to where they live and work. The health system and insurer announced that BCBSIL members will have access to NM’s network of ten hospitals, over 4,000 physicians and 200+ sites across the Chicagoland area.
Beginning January 1, 2020, BCBSIL members participating in the Blue Choice Preferred PPOSM and Medicare Advantage HMO plans will be able to receive in-network services from Northwestern Medicine.
They will continue to accept the BluePrecision HMO plans.
An HMO requires that you choose a primary care physician, so make sure to check out Northwestern's Provider Finder or call 312.926.7440 and find a doctor that is accepting new patients if you do not have a PCP already. Please note that these are affiliate doctors, and most are not located at Northwestern Memorial itself.
Here are the instructions available from Northwestern's website:
If you wish to continue receiving your care from Northwestern Medicine, Blue Precision HMO is the best option. You will need to select either Administrative Site 475 or 477 through a Northwestern Medicine primary care physician, you will be able to be referred to the appropriate Northwestern Medicine facility for services.
We've mapped other Chicago-area hospitals to plans here.
As an alternative, we recommend the Blue Cross Direct Plan with Advocate, which gives you access to Advocate's large network across the Chicago land area.
As a reminder, emergency care will be covered within the rules of your plan no matter what hospital you use.
To get more plan quotes and enroll in for 2020, click here.