Empire will introduce a new provider network effective January 1, 2019. This new network is called “Blue Access” and will be a limited network of providers.  Providers who are currently participating in the Pathway network will also be participating in the new Blue Access network.  A letter was sent to all providers who are participating in the Blue Access Network.  For questions about your participation status contact your network management coordinator.  Please note the reimbursement for the Blue Access Network will be  at the current Small Group rate.


Empire members that are covered under a benefit plan that utilizes the Blue Access network will have member ID cards that read “Blue Access” at the top of their member ID card. If you are included as a provider in the Blue Access network, it is important for you to understand that this is a limited provider network. Benefit plans offered on the Blue Access network will not cover out of network providers services; therefore, please confirm a provider’s participation status with Empire’s Find a Doctor tool found on empireblue.com prior to referring to or scheduling services with another provider.


Only participating Blue Access providers should be used for Empire members that are covered under a benefit plan that uses the Blue Access network. Should a non-participating provider be required, Empire’s Use of a Non-Participating Provider Advance Patient Notice Policy will apply. As a reminder, Empire’s Advance Patient Notice form can be found at empireblue.com. Failure to refer patients to a participating provider could result in increased out of pocket costs for our members.


Small Group Health Benefit Plans utilizing the Blue Access network:



Network Name

Medical Product Type

Small Group Health Benefit Plans


BCA Prefix

Small Group

Blue Access


Empire Bronze Blue Access EPO

Empire Gold Blue Access EPO

Empire Platinum Blue Access EPO

Empire Silver Blue Access EPO


Small Group

Blue Access



Empire Bronze Blue Access GEPO*

Empire Gold Blue Access GEPO*

Empire Platinum Blue Access GEPO*

Empire Silver Blue Access GEPO*


Small Group

Blue Access


Empire Bronze Blue Access HMO*

Empire Gold Healthy New York Blue Access HMO*



*PCP and Referrals required

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December 2018 Empire Provider Newsletter