Spectrum Health to provide in-network care for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Medicare Advantage PPO members starting July 1

Collaboration emphasizes patient care and population health management among seniors

April 14, 2021

DETROIT, Apr. 13, 2021 — Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health will expand its longstanding, network relationship with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan by joining the Blue Cross Medicare Advantage PPO network beginning July 1, 2021.  Spectrum Health, which is already a network provider for Blue Cross and Blue Care Network commercial plan members, as well as BCN Advantage Medicare plan members, will now welcome seniors with Blue Cross Medicare Advantage PPO plans to Spectrum Health physician offices and Spectrum Health’s 14 hospital locations in west Michigan.  This will enable Blue Cross members who have existing relationships with Spectrum Health physicians to seamlessly transition from their commercial HMO and PPO coverage to a Blue Cross Medicare Advantage plan.

Blue Cross will also be working with Spectrum Health on population health management and improving the quality and affordability of care for Blue Cross and Blue Care Network members.

“Through this expanded partnership, Spectrum Health is furthering its commitment to providing high-quality care and expanding access to our senior members,” said Jeff Connolly, senior vice president of West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.  “We are looking forward to growing our relationship with the system and enhancing population health management while offering trusted, reliable health care services to senior patients.”

Alejandro Quiroga, MD, senior vice president, Population Health Spectrum Health West Michigan, said, “We are pleased to collaborate with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to expand coverage options for our patients and partner on innovative ways to help patients improve their health. We look forward to working together to help improve care coordination and be sure patients are receiving the most effective care for their situation.”

Spectrum Health is a locally-governed, not-for-profit, integrated health system, which operates 14 hospitals throughout West Michigan, including Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, and regional hospitals maintaining care close to home in communities ranging from Ludington to St. Joseph.

 About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit mutual insurance company, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCBSM provides health benefits to more than 4.7 million members residing in Michigan in addition to employees of Michigan-headquartered companies residing outside the state. The company has been committed to delivering affordable health care products through a broad variety of plans for businesses, individuals and seniors for more than 80 years. Beyond health care coverage, BCBSM supports impactful community initiatives and provides leadership in improving health care. For more information, visit and

 About Spectrum Health 

Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,600 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 150 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $550 million in community benefit in calendar year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $37 million in philanthropy to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.


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