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Physician Group and Premera Reach Agreement

February 01, 2012

Emergency Room Physicians at Providence Holy Family Hospital Rejoin Premera Blue Cross Insurance Network

Providence and Premera Blue Cross are pleased to announce that the emergency room physicians at Providence Holy Family Hospital—Emergency Physician Services, PS—are rejoining Premera’s provider network, effective March 1, 2012. The physician group, which provides emergency care at one of the region’s busiest emergency centers, left Premera’s network on October 1, 2011.

As a result of this new agreement, Premera members will have peace of mind knowing they won’t be billed additional fees directly from the emergency room physicians. This agreement results in lower out-of-pocket costs for Premera members and their dependents when receiving services from emergency physicians at Providence Holy Family Hospital.

Providence and Premera have a shared goal of ensuring Spokane residents have access to high-quality care at a reasonable price. The two groups believe this new agreement expands access to affordable, high-quality care for residents of north Spokane, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties.

Providence Holy Family Hospital is ranked among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for Emergency Medicine by HealthGrades, the leading provider of consumer information about physicians and hospitals (see related story). Holy Family is also certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.

About Providence Health Care

In Eastern Washington, the Providence Health Care regional network consists of 11 health care organizations working together to provide coordinated health and human services for Inland Northwest residents. It includes Providence Holy Family Hospital and Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital – both nationally recognized for quality care, as well as two critical access hospitals in Colville and Chewelah; and a full continuum of services including home health, assisted living, adult day health, skilled nursing care, Providence Medical Group made up of more than 160 physicians, and PAML medical laboratories. For more information, visit www.phc.org.

About Premera Blue Cross

Premera Blue Cross is a leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest, providing comprehensive health benefits and tailored services to more than 1.4 million people, from individuals to Fortune 100 companies. Premera is committed to providing its members peace of mind about their healthcare coverage. The company offers innovative health and wellness solutions focused on quality outcomes for patients and controlling costs. Premera Blue Cross, which has operated in Washington since 1933, is a not-for-profit, independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

Premera Blue Cross is a member of a family of companies based in Mountlake Terrace, Wash., providing health, life, vision, dental, stop-loss, disability, workforce wellness and other related products and services. The family of companies employs approximately 3,000 people and provides healthcare coverage and related services to 1.6 million members. Visit www.premera.com for more information.