February 28, 2024

Kaiser Permanente members gain access to Boulder Community Health

Boulder Valley Care Network providers also available to Kaiser Permanente Choice PPO, Senior Advantage Choice PPO, and Senior Advantage (HMO) Medicare members.

Contact: Kaiser Permanente Media Relations

DENVER — Kaiser Permanente members in Boulder County will have more care options closer to home as of March 1, 2024, thanks to two new agreements with Boulder Community Health and the Boulder Valley Care Network.

Kaiser Permanente is Colorado’s leading nonprofit health plan and one of the state’s largest health care providers with more than 516,000 members. Approximately 38,000 members live in Boulder County.

In a new comprehensive facilities agreement, BCH’s Foothills Hospital becomes part of the Kaiser Permanente hospital network for nearly all Kaiser Permanente members. This gives most Kaiser Permanente members in the Boulder area access to hospital services in their backyard, on top of Kaiser Permanente’s existing care locations in Boulder County.

Kaiser Permanente also signed a provider agreement with Boulder Valley Care Network that will offer more provider options for Kaiser Permanente Choice PPO, Kaiser Permanente Senior Advantage Choice PPO, and Kaiser Permanente Senior Advantage (HMO) Medicare health plan members. These members will have access to BVCN’s network of more than 600 primary care and specialty care physicians, which includes clinicians from the BCH system. This agreement also includes access to facilities across the county, such as the Della Cava Family Medical Pavilion in Boulder, Community Medical Center in Lafayette, and Erie Medical Center in Erie.

“Kaiser Permanente is pleased to provide our members and future members in Boulder County with expanded health care options closer to home. Boulder Community Health is a great addition, as we share common values of providing high-quality, affordable, and accessible care,” said Michael Ramseier, regional president for Kaiser Permanente in Colorado.

“These new agreements between Kaiser Permanente, BCH, and the BVCN really strengthen health care in our community,” said BCH president and CEO Robert Vissers, MD. “The physicians of our three organizations are aligned on keeping people healthy by ensuring affordable, quality care that's evidence-based, accessible, equitable, and focused on quality outcomes.”

The Kaiser Permanente Choice PPO for large groups and Kaiser Permanente Senior Advantage Choice PPO for individual Medicare members are new plans Kaiser Permanente launched in 2024. They feature a blend of Kaiser Permanente’s nationally recognized integrated health care and coverage model and an extended network of Colorado’s leading doctors, hospitals, and health systems.

For those PPO members — along with Kaiser Permanente Senior Advantage (HMO) Medicare health plan members — having access to BVCN will create additional availability of both routine care and major procedures with an even broader number of physicians and clinicians, said Dawn Factor, executive director of the BVCN. “This is great news for the Choice PPO and Senior Advantage Kaiser Permanente members who live in the Boulder area. They will have expanded access to more top-quality clinicians and services much closer to home,” she said.

BCH is a nonprofit, community-owned health system with an expansive care network that includes physicians, other clinical professionals, and up-to-date facilities located throughout Boulder, Erie, Lafayette, Longmont, and Superior.

“The shared values of Boulder Valley Care Network and Boulder Community Health are an important factor in these agreements,” said Jeffrey Krawcek, MD, president and executive medical director of Kaiser Permanente in Colorado. “As we continue building our care footprint in Colorado, these organizations closely align with the value-based care model Kaiser Permanente has pioneered in Colorado for 55 years.”

*Boulder Community Health will not be in network for members of Kaiser Permanente Select plans.

Kaiser Permanente members looking for care options should consult the Doctors & Locations portion of kp.org. For additional information, please call Kaiser Permanente Member Services at 1-800-632-9700 (TTY 711). Medicare health plan members, please call Kaiser Permanente Member Services at 1-800-476‑2167 (TTY 711), 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

About Boulder Community Health

Boulder Community Health is a nonprofit, independent, integrated, regional health system with facilities throughout Boulder County. Boulder Community Health is known across Colorado for its clinical excellence in heart care, neurosurgery, stroke care, maternity services, orthopedics and cancer care. Our mission is to provide our community with the highest value health care in an innovative, patient-centric environment. Our vision: We are partnering to create and care for the healthiest community in the nation. For more information, visit bch.org and connect with BCH on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About Boulder Valley Care Network

The BVCN Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is comprised of more than 600 of the area’s finest health care providers from the Boulder Community Health (BCH) employed provider network and the Boulder Valley Individual Practice Association (BVIPA). Collectively, BVCN providers have been serving our community for decades, working together to coordinate care — all with the goal of helping you become and stay healthier. For more information visit mybvcn.org.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.6 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health.