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BCBSTX, Sanitas USA to Open 10 Clinics in Houston, Dallas

By John Commins  
   April 08, 2019

New partnership plans to increase availability of patient-centered primary care with easy access to multiple medical and wellness services.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Sanitas USA will partner to open 10 advanced primary care clinics in Dallas and Houston, the two companies announced Monday.

The clinics, scheduled to open on January 1, 2020, will provide primary care, urgent care, lab and diagnostic imaging services, care coordination, and wellness and disease management programs--all under one roof, the companies said.

"Our partnership with Sanitas is another example of collaborating with healthcare providers to deliver the best possible care and support to our members," said Dan McCoy, MD, president of BCBSTX.

"We believe that this partnership will advance primary care services and is an effective approach to providing quality healthcare outcomes, improving member engagement and experience, and lowering costs for our members, including populations that may have difficulty accessing care," McCoy said.  

Some clinics will be open 365 days a year, and every location will have extended weekday and weekend hours. The clinics will service Blue Cross and Blue Shield card holders and accept self-pay patients and seniors with traditional Medicare coverage, the companies said.

"Our approach to care is centered on our patients and their families, giving them more time with the doctor and the convenience of a one-stop medical center for their everyday healthcare needs," said Joseba Grajales, president of Keralty Group, the parent company of Sanitas USA.

"Our expansion to Texas will continue to build on our success in Florida, New Jersey and Connecticut, serving more than 200,000 patients in diverse communities," he said.  

The 10 medical centers will be located throughout Harris and Dallas counties: Bellaire, Katy, Northwest Houston, Southeast Houston, Spring and West Houston in Harris County; and Irving, Las Colinas, Mesquite and Richardson in Dallas County. Construction begins this spring.

Sanitas operates 29 clinics in Florida, Connecticut and New Jersey, often in collaboration with health insurance companies.

“Our partnership with Sanitas is another example of collaborating with healthcare providers to deliver the best possible care and support to our members. ”

John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders.


KEY TAKEAWAYS

The clinics, scheduled to open on January 1, 2020, will provide primary care, urgent care, lab and diagnostic imaging services, care coordination, and wellness and disease management programs.

Some clinics will be open 365 days a year, and every location will have extended weekday and weekend hours.

The clinics will service Blue Cross and Blue Shield card holders and accept self-pay patients and seniors with traditional Medicare coverage.


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