Network Selection Criteria

Network Selection Criteria for Doctors

Independence does not use quality measures, member experience measures or cost-related measures to select practitioners for participation in the Independence Blue Cross plans. Independence Blue Cross evaluates its networks and takes into consideration the geographic distribution of medical and behavioral health providers to ensure that Independence Blue Cross members have access to participating providers within federal and state availability and accessibility standards.

The medical practitioner specialty types available in these Independence Blue Cross networks include but are not limited to, Allergy/Immunology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Oncology/Radiation, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, ENT/Otolaryngology, Urology, Chiropractor, Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Pediatrics, Physiatry/Rehabilitative, Plastic Surgery, Pulmonary, Rheumatology.

The behavioral health specialty types available in these Independence Blue Cross networks include but are not limited to, Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Counselor (including Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist).

Network Selection Criteria for Hospitals

Independence Blue Cross does not use quality measures, member experience measures or cost-related measures to select hospitals for participation in the Independence Blue Cross plans. Independence Blue Cross evaluates its networks and takes into consideration the geographical distribution of hospitals to ensure that Independence members have access to participating hospitals within federal and state availability and accessibility standards.