15, 2018) – In a move designed to provide Medicare members with access to
high-quality, personalized care in a community-center setting, Blue Cross &
Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) and Oak Street Health, a network of
primary care centers serving Medicare patients, announced a new primary care
delivery partnership in Rhode Island. Oak Street Health will open two centers
in Providence and a third in Warwick in spring 2019.
Street Health’s unique care model offers a completely holistic, preventive
approach to healthcare that goes beyond the scope of traditional primary care.
Transportation – provided at no cost to patients – ensures they have full
access to Oak Street Health centers, where they not only spend one-on-one time
with a care team, but also are encouraged to attend social and educational
events where they can connect with other seniors. With a focus on preventive
care and expertise in treating Medicare members with multiple chronic
conditions, Oak Street Health has built a track record of successful health
outcomes for Medicare members in other states including Illinois, Michigan,
Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania.
partnership with Oak Street Health will catalyze a completely new kind of
healthcare delivery that reflects our vision of passionately leading a state of
health and well-being across Rhode Island,” said Kim Keck, BCBSRI president and
CEO. “It’s a logical extension of our substantial investment in primary care
practices that put patients at the center of a coordinated ecosystem of care.
It also aligns perfectly with what we’ve created in our Your Blue Store retail
locations, where Rhode Islanders have told us how much they appreciate the
extraordinary level of personal attention they receive.”
added, “Now, we are collaborating with an organization that takes this same
approach to providing care, especially for our members, whose complex
conditions span physical and behavioral health. It’s a care model for today
that gives us hope for the future, and Rhode Island is leading the way.”
Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island clearly shares our commitment to
improving the lives of Medicare members and bringing quality healthcare to its
residents,” said Mike Pykosz, CEO of Oak Street Health. “We’re excited to come to
a state where the groundwork has been laid to deliver on our mission of
rebuilding healthcare as it should be.”
Oak Street Health’s care model is designed to
meet the health and wellness needs of older adults with Medicare coverage.
Physicians, along with a dedicated care team, spend twice as much time with
patients compared to the typical PCP. For patients who require medical
attention at home, Oak Street Health’s complex care teams provide much-needed
medical attention until patients are able to return to their local center.
Complimentary door-to-door transportation ensures patients never have to worry
about getting to and from appointments, and an Oak Street Health-staffed
telephonic support line is available 24-7. As a result, Oak Street Health has reduced
hospital admissions and emergency visits among its patient population by more
than 40 percent.