Network, NOVO Health ink agreement

Network members now have access to NOVO services

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Members of Network Health, a Menasha-based health insurance company, now have access to NOVO Health, an Appleton-based health care organization representing independent provider groups.

NOVO Health medical providers bundle their pricing for surgical procedures, which results in a single bill for an entire episode of care with a price point known upfront. Network Health members opting to use NOVO Health services also receive a limited warranty and travel bundle options that include transportation, lodging and meals.

Network CEO Coreen Dicus-Johnson noted the similarities between the two groups. “We are both nimble entities who focus on providing better, more integrated care while reducing health care costs,” Dicus-Johnson said in a news release. “As local organizations that share the same goal — to support the employers in the communities we serve — Network and NOVO are a natural fit.”

Co-owned by Ascension Wisconsin and Froedtert Health, Network provides insurance for 136,000 people in Wisconsin, serving both employer groups and individuals. Learn more about Network Health in the July Insight cover story.

“Our partnership offers Network members access to trusted providers and facilities they are already familiar with,” NOVO CEO Curt Kubiak said in a release. “If you have Network Health insurance through your employer, you have immediate access to the NOVO program.”

Kubiak said the Network Health/NOVO Health agreement provides more options to employers looking to provide their employees with access to high-quality medical services combined with a retail patient experience.

While Network and NOVO have focused on east central and northeastern Wisconsin, Kubiak said both groups are looking to build their presence in southeast Wisconsin and across the state.

“Developing strategic relationships with our partners empowers employers and employees with access to high-quality health care at a transparent cost,” he said.