The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) health care
partner Anthem Blue Cross has selected Castlight Health to deliver a
consumer-friendly health care "shopping" platform for CalPERS members
and dependents covered by its preferred provider organization (PPO)
CalPERS members covered by PERS Care, PERS Choice, and PERS Select will
have access to Castlight's cost and quality platform as part of an
ongoing effort by CalPERS and Anthem Blue Cross to introduce ways to
make health care transparent, including the recent statewide
rollout of reference pricing for hip and knee replacement procedures.
CalPERS partnership with Anthem Blue Cross and Castlight will afford its
PPO members (not those in Medicare supplement policies) the ability to
quickly and easily compare doctors, hospitals, medical tests, and
procedures based on cost, facility quality, physician quality, patient
satisfaction, and convenience. The service will be available through the www.anthem.com/ca/calpers
website, a mobile application, and through live phone support. CalPERS
plans to introduce the service in mid-2014.
"CalPERS is committed to helping its active and retired members receive
high-quality care at an affordable price," said Deputy Executive Officer
Ann Boynton, who leads CalPERS Benefit Programs Policy and Planning
Branch. The Castlight shopping platform is consistent with that
commitment, she said. "We believe the ability to research costs,
quality, satisfaction and convenience will be invaluable to our members
- a 'gold standard' of transparency - and give them confidence in their
health care decisions."
CalPERS, Anthem Blue Cross, and Castlight expect to undertake an
extensive educational outreach effort to increase awareness and
understanding of the Castlight platform among CalPERS members who are
frequent consumers of health care. The three organizations also plan to
collaborateon development and implementation of new, more transparent
"Anthem Blue Cross and CalPERS have partnered to provide price
transparency through our reference-based pricing program for hip and
knee replacements," said Steve Scott, vice president and general manager
for large group business at Anthem Blue Cross. "This joint education
effort with CalPERS, Anthem Blue Cross, and Castlight Health is the next
step in allowing CalPERS members to make educated choices for their own
"We are honored to work with CalPERS and Anthem Blue Cross to help
introduce health care consumerism to CalPERS members. In doing so, we
are part of a broad effort to support the delivery of high-quality care
at an affordable price," said Giovanni Colella, M.D., co-founder and
Chief Executive Officer of Castlight Health.
CalPERS plans to conduct a two-year study to evaluate the usage and
health care consumption behaviors of its members, comparing members who
use the Castlight platform with those who do not.
CalPERS is the largest public pension fund in the U.S., with nearly $284
billion in assets. CalPERS administers health and retirement benefits on
behalf of 3,089 public school, local agency and state employers. Members
number more than 1.7 million in the CalPERS retirement system and more
than 1.3 million in its health plans. For more information about
CalPERS, visit www.calpers.ca.gov.
About Anthem Blue Cross
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About Castlight Health
Castlight Health is a pioneer of the Enterprise Healthcare Cloud and a
leading provider of cloud-based software for health care. Founded in
2008, San Francisco-based Castlight makes health care data actionable,
empowering our enterprise customers to gain control over their health
care spending and transforming how companies and employees engage in
health care. With Castlight, employers can implement technology-enabled
benefit designs, integrate disparate health care applications, and
provide meaningful information to employees and their families. More
than 100 companies, ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50
enterprises, have selected Castlight. For more information visit www.castlighthealth.com.
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