From Summer 2014 issue ofFor Your Benefit newsletter

High-Quality, Low Cost Providers Encouraged

As the GIC moves Massachusetts’ health care marketplace toward new ways of getting and paying for care through the Centered Care Initiative, we are highlighting how this affects employees and non Medicare retirees.  In the winter issue of the newsletter, we outlined three of Centered Care’s ten key elements:

  1. Primary Care Provider (PCP) identification
  2. PCP engagement
  3. Data sharing

The fourth element relates to a guest editorial by Steve Walsh , Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals: high-quality, low cost providers are encouraged.  As a GIC health plan member, you have incentives for choosing low cost, high quality specialists and hospitals.  Our PPOs tier hospitals based on quality and/or cost and many of the Tier 1 lower copay hospitals are local community hospitals. Your PCP and health plan will help you find the appropriate specialists and hospitals for your health care needs.


This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission.