TULSA, March 13, 2018 – Hillcrest HealthCare System (HHS) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) have reached a multi-year agreement that maintains access to BCBSOK’s PPO and HMO networks for HHS patients.

BCBSOK members can seek services at HHS facilities throughout northeastern Oklahoma, including Hillcrest Medical Center, Hillcrest Hospital South, Oklahoma Heart Institute and Tulsa Spine & Specialty Hospital in Tulsa; Bailey Medical Center in Owasso; and Hillcrest hospitals in Pryor, Claremore, Cushing and Henryetta. In a separate agreement finalized in 2017, Utica Park Clinic and its physicians also maintain participation in BCBSOK's PPO and HMO networks.

HHS facilities and clinics participate in the following BCBSOK networks: Blue Traditional, Blue Choice PPO, Blue Preferred PPO, BlueLincs HMO, Blue Advantage Blue Plan 65 (Medicare Supplement) and Medicare Advantage PPO.

“We are pleased that our patients with Blue Cross and Blue Shield coverage will continue to have in-network access to our hospitals,”said Kevin Gross, chief executive officer of Hillcrest HealthCare System. “We have partnered with BCBSOK for many years and work closely together to coordinate health care and provide access to our thousands of mutual patients across northeastern Oklahoma. This new agreement is one step further in our mission to provide high quality, cost effective care to our patients.”

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma values its relationship with Hillcrest and looks forward to continuing it long into the future to provide our members access to quality, cost-effective care,” said Ted Haynes, president of BCBSOK.