BCBSNE and CHI have reached an agreement

We are pleased to announce that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) has signed two agreements with UniNet Healthcare Network, the contracting entity for Denver-based CHI Health, that bring CHI back into our NEtwork BLUE provider network. As a result, UniNet-affiliated physicians in Omaha and CHI Health facilities across the state will again be contracting with BCBSNE for our health plans that utilize the NEtwork BLUE provider network. Both agreements, one for the Omaha-metro area and one for the rest of the state, are effective July 15, 2015.

This applies only to our health plans that use the NEtwork BLUE network. It does not apply to SelectBlue three-tier plans. CHI Health will remain fully out of network for members enrolled in SelectBlue plans. Members may continue to access care in the Select BlueChoice network which includes: Nebraska Medicine-Nebraska Medical Center, Nebraska Medicine-Bellevue, Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital, Methodist Health System, Methodist Women’s Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and Children’s Physicians, Fremont Health, Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital and SecureCare.

Throughout the negotiation process, BCBSNE advocated for an agreement that was fair and beneficial to our members and addressed CHI Health’s higher costs in Omaha. We are satisfied with the new agreements and welcome CHI Health facilities and physicians back into our Network BLUE PPO network.

We want to make sure members understand the impact of the new agreements. We invite members to call the number on the back of their BCBSNE member ID card with questions. One of our customer service representatives will be happy to help. We promise to continue to work on solutions to improve quality and affordability for all our members.

Thank you for your continued trust in us.


Pat Bourne
Senior Vice President, Sales and Account Management