A Landmark Moment for Healthcare in Minnesota

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October 1, 2019

outline of minnesota with health iconNorth Memorial Health primary and specialty clinics and hospice have entered into a joint venture with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross), effective January 1, 2020. As non-profit organizations, the customer and the communities we serve are at the heart of everything we do.

Key details about the joint venture:

  • This new organization will be led by a CEO (Jennifer Close, previously the President and Chief
    Ambulatory Officer at North Memorial Health) and a Board of Directors.
  • North Memorial Health and Blue Cross remain independent companies. This is not a merger or acquisition.
  • A shared goal is to reduce ambulatory cost of care by 20 percent within five years.
  • Blue Cross will create incentives for its members who receive care at North Memorial Health clinics to lighten the cost burden.
  • Any insurance accepted today will continue to be accepted by the joint venture.

North Memorial Health and Blue Cross are passionate about two things: our missions and a commitment to reinventing healthcare.