Affordability

Sutter Health Plus Year in Review 2017

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Access, Affordability, Feature, News

HMO exceeds annual goals—adds 28,000 members, expands to new communities, refines customer experience

Sutter Health Plus is pleased to announce 2017 as a year of significant growth with a focus on enhancing the member experience. Over the past year, membership increased 37 percent, with 80 percent of members renewing coverage.

Now serving nearly 80,000 members, the not-for-profit HMO remains an important part of Sutter Health’s strategic vision to transform health care in Northern California. Since its inception in 2014, the health plan expanded into three additional geographies, most recently offering coverage in Santa Cruz County. The Sutter Health Plus network includes 30 hospitals, 10 walk-in care facilities, dozens of urgent care centers and more than 7,000 providers. Read More

Sutter Health Plus Expands to Santa Cruz County

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Access, Affordability, Feature, News

Expansion brings health plan’s provider network to 30 hospitals, eight walk-in care facilities, 45 urgent care centers and over 5,000 physicians

Sutter Health Plus, a not-for-profit HMO affiliated with Sutter Health, announces the expansion of its health care coverage to employers and consumers in Santa Cruz County with coverage available effective Jan. 1, 2018.

“Sutter Health Plus’ number one priority is to provide access to high-quality care. It’s exciting to bring new health plan options to employers and consumers in Santa Cruz County,” said Phil Jackson, CEO of Health Plan Products, Sutter Health. “The expansion complements our Bay Area provider network and also benefits consumers in the South Bay who live or work in Santa Cruz County.” Read More

Money-Saving Tip: Consider Generics

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Affordability

Looking for ways to save money and stretch your dollars a little further? If you currently take a brand-name prescription drug, switching to an equally effective generic may save you money on your prescription costs.

Today’s shoppers may equate brand-name products with better, higher quality. However, this isn’t always the case with prescription drugs. The primary difference between generic and brand-name drugs is the price. Both are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and meet the agency’s strict standards for quality, strength, purity, stability and safety. Read More

Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy Provides Outstanding Service to Sutter Health Plus Members

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Access, Affordability

Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy Manager Michael Cuellar, Pharm.D.

A member called the Sutter Health Plus Pharmacy Department requesting a specialty pharmacy opt-out. He needed a 24-hour pharmacy within walking distance to accommodate his work hours and lack of transportation. The member didn’t want the medications shipped to his home, due to privacy concerns.

However, the nearest Walgreens wasn’t a 24-hour pharmacy. That didn’t stop Michael Cuellar, Pharm.D manager, Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy, from taking time to hear the member’s concern and come up with a plan to accommodate him. The pharmacist arranged to meet the member 30 minutes before the store was scheduled to open once per month, so he could pick up his medications during his walk to work. Read More

Three Things Employers Should Explain to Employees about Health Plan Costs

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Access, Affordability

Paul Brunetta SBJIn this article published on November 3, 2016 in the Sacramento Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times, Sutter Health Plus Sales Account Executive Paul Brunetta discusses three things employers can explain to employees about health plan costs in simple terms.  

When your employees are scanning the menu of health plan options during open enrollment, they will likely have questions about the health plans offered, the differences in costs and what’s best for them and their families.

As an employer, you should be prepared to help your employees navigate their options and make informed choices. Here are three things employers can explain to employees about health plan costs in simple terms. Read More

The Top Benefits of Choosing an HMO

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Access, Affordability

Sutter_Health_Plus_Rob_Carnaroli_6x9_7606In this article published on October 20, 2016 in the Sacramento Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times, Rob Carnaroli, vice president of Sales, Sutter Health Plus, discusses the top advantages of selecting an HMO during open enrollment.

When preferred provider organizations (PPOs) first became an option in the 1970s, many people enrolled for the flexibility in selecting providers of their choice — even if it cost more. Since that time, there has been a shift in the industry as HMOs gained popularity. By January 2016, more than 92 million Americans were enrolled in an HMO plan, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Employers and employees select HMOs over PPOs due to lower costs and high care coordination. Take a moment to read about just a few of the top advantages of selecting an HMO. Read More