Blue Cross Blue Shield Ranks Highlands Medical Center Tier 1


Beginning April 1st Highlands Medical Center was considered a Tier 1 hospital based on Blue Cross Blue Shield standards. This could mean lower co-pays and out of pocket deductibles for Blue Cross Blue Shield patients who receive services at a tier 1 hospital, such as Highlands Medical Center.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama created the Alabama Hospital Tiered Network program in 2006 to ensure cost containment, quality and patient satisfaction at the hospitals in its network. The tiering is based on criteria from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“The employees and leadership have worked tirelessly to achieve this ranking, and I could not be more thankful for all their hard work and determination to provide our patients with quality healthcare,” said Kim Bryant, CEO Jackson County Health Care Authority. “There will always be changes in the way healthcare services are provided, and we fully intend to continue to improve and evolve to make sure we provide the best care at affordable costs to our patients,” said Bryant.

While 17 of the insurers 82 hospitals experienced a drop to Tier 2, eight hospitals, including Highlands Medical Center, moved to Tier 1.  A total of 52 hospitals remained Tier 1 and five hospitals were Tier 2.

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