Summit Medical joins Blue network

East Tennessee’s leading primary care organization, Summit Medical Group, has announced they will participate in BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s Blue Network SSM (Network S), effective Jan. 1, 2015. The inclusion in Network S increases Summit’s ability to provide primary care services to a total of more than 109,000 lives.

“This is significant for us given we have not been a part of this network for the past 12 years,” Summit Chief Executive Officer Tim Young said. “We’re pleased to reach a contractual agreement for 2015 and know that this arrangement will be beneficial for our customers who will now have additional access to Summit providers through BlueCross.”

Enrollment in commercial insurance plans for effective date Jan. 1, 2015 begins in October for many businesses. Those choosing Network S will now find Summit’s more than 215 providers listed as participating partners.

In addition to Network S, Summit also participates in BlueCross’ Blue Network PSM (Network P). BlueCross offers two distinct Blue networks, each with its own group of doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers. Network P includes a wide variety of credentialed doctors, hospitals and healthcare providers. Network S includes a narrower selection of credentialed providers, with a focus on affordability.