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Hospital Choice Cost Sharing

As part of our ongoing efforts to offer more affordable choices for quality health coverage, we offer a benefit plan design feature known as Hospital Choice Cost Sharing that include higher member cost sharing for inpatient and outpatient services at those hospitals that are in the Basic Benefits tier of our Blue Options tiered network plan.

There is no differential for cost sharing among primary care physicians or specialists in these plans.

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Goals of Hospital Choice Cost Sharing

Hospital Choice Cost Sharing is designed to improve the quality and reduce the cost of healthcare by encouraging members to choose high quality, low cost sites of care.

Benefit and product designs such as Hospital Choice Cost Sharing or Blue Options are one way we align member incentives with provider incentives. These plans help educate members about the quality and affordability of care at hospitals and provider groups across the Commonwealth so they can make the best decisions alongside their physicians about where to seek care.

Services affected

The differential cost sharing applies when members receive care in these six categories.

Category For Example:
Labs Blood tests, strep tests
X-Rays & Imaging Ultrasounds, non-routine mammograms
High-Tech Radiology CT scans, MRIs, PET scans, nuclear cardiac imaging
Inpatient Care Maternity care, joint replacement
Outpatient Surgery Arthroscopic knee surgery, hernia repair
Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy Speech therapy

Hospital Choice Cost Sharing does not apply to emergency room visits.

To determine which hospitals, imaging centers, and labs have which cost share level for members with this benefit design, refer to the lists on our Hospital Choice Cost Sharing Planning Guide.

Identifying members with Hospital Choice Cost Sharing

Knowing which members have Hospital Choice Cost Sharing will help you work with your patients to determine the most cost-effective site of care for them.

You can identify members who have the Hospital Choice Cost Sharing feature by a notation on their ID card.

You can also use Online Services:

  1. Perform an eligibility inquiry using an appropriate Service Type:
    • For hospital cost-share, select "Health Benefit Plan Coverage" or "Hospital – Inpatient."
    • For lab cost-share, select "Diagnostic Lab."
    • For imaging cost-share, select "MRI/CAT scan."
  2. For members whose plans include Hospital Choice Cost Sharing, you will see the term “certain hospitals” in the Co-payment area.

Reminder: Copayments are one part of a member’s potential cost-share. Submit a claim and use the amounts from your Provider Detail Advisory to bill the Member for any additional deductible or co-insurance.

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