Banner, Centura enter provider-network agreement

CENTENNIAL — Banner Network Colorado will join Centura Health’s Colorado Health Neighborhoods, the two health-care organizations announced Tuesday.

The provider-network agreement will become effective Jan. 1. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

BNC’s 60 primary-care providers, 246 specialists and three Banner Health hospitals in Northern Colorado — North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, McKee Medical Center in Loveland and Banner Fort Collins Medical Center in Fort Collins —  will join Colorado Health Neighborhoods, the region’s largest physician-led network. It has more than 1,400 primary-care providers and more than 2,800 specialists who are coordinating care for more than 220,000 patients.

BNC will have access to FullWell, a corporation wholly owned by Centura Health focusing on health management. BNC will work closely with Centura Health Employer Solutions, which offers direct-to-employer agreements for self-insured employers.

“This agreement enhances access to health services along the Front Range for our ACO members, and supports our journey in meeting the needs of the thriving communities we serve,” Peter D. Banko, president and chief executive of Centura Health, said in a prepared statement.  Accountable care organizations are groups of doctors, hospitals and other health-care providers, who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high-quality care to their Medicare patients.

“We are fortunate to have found a well-aligned partner in value-based care,” said Margo Karsten, chief executive for Banner Health in Northern Colorado. “We could not be more pleased to work with Centura Health in this new relationship, and contribute to offering health-plan members expanded access to care across the state.”