August 24, 2017 - Press Release

Canopy Health Launches Bay Area's Newest Provider-Sponsored Health Plan

Healthcare alliance provides easier access to high-quality care across seven Bay Area counties.

Canopy Health has officially launched and is pursuing its stated mission of improving the health and wellbeing of the entire Bay Area population through refreshingly clear, human care. Bay Area residents now have access to a new and exciting healthcare option that offers increased access, transparent coverage, and more personalized care. Best of all, this new health organization is owned by the people who understand Bay area residents' healthcare needs best: physicians and hospitals.

The alliance is composed of nearly 4,000 providers, 15 award-winning hospitals, and numerous renowned care centers across 7 counties in the Bay Area. These close connections between primary care providers, hospitals, medical groups, and academic medical centers result in convenient in-network access for all Canopy Health members.

"Canopy Health was formed to unify the outstanding physicians and hospitals that we have here in the Bay Area and to strengthen the health and wellness of our region and the communities we serve," said Joel Criste, CEO of Canopy Health.

Affiliates within the network have extensive experience with successful care models that demonstrate improved quality with lower costs. This efficiency leads to savings that can then be passed along to consumers in the form of lower premiums. The organization accepts risk for health plan enrollees, which places the focus on keeping patients as healthy as possible and providing them with quality care in the appropriate setting.

"We're really dedicated to the idea of transparent care and coverage," said Denise Vance-Rodrigues, Director of Business Development for Canopy Health. "The goal is for our members to have an honest and effective healthcare experience without any surprises."

Several launch parties are scheduled for September and a second webinar — which will be presented for Bay Area health insurance brokers and consist of a more in-depth review of the health plans being offered through Canopy Health carrier partners — will be held on August 31. For more information about attending any of these events or about the Canopy Health alliance, please contact Denise Vance-Rodrigues.

About Canopy Health
Incorporated in March 2015 as an affiliation between UCSF Health and John Muir Health, Canopy Health aims to provide a top-quality continuum of care across the San Francisco Bay Area through affiliations with primary care providers, community hospitals, top-tier academic medical facilities and medical groups. In addition to its founding members, Canopy Health currently includes three physician groups as shareholders—Hill Physicians Medical Group, Muir Medical Group IPA and Meritage Medical Network—representing nearly 4,000 physicians in the Bay Area. Canopy Health currently has 15 participating medical centers.

Canopy Health's founding partner organizations have distinguished histories and are consistently recognized for their excellent care.

  • UCSF Health – Founded in 1907, UCSF Health is one of the most respected medical research, treatment, and training facilities in the United States. Recent awards include:
    • UCSF Medical Center and Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco are among HealthCare's "Most Wired" for 2017 — the third straight year the hospitals have received the award
    • UCSF Medical Center ranks #52 on the 2017 Forbes list of America's Best Employers
    • UCSF Medical Center ranked the 7th Best Hospital in the United States for 2016-17 by U.S. News and World Report
  • John Muir Health – Founded in 1996, John Muir Health is a not-for-profit integrated system of doctors, hospitals, and other services. Recent awards include:
    • The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance in healthcare quality and safety in hospitals
    • John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek has ranked as one of the nation's top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in its annual list of America's Best Hospitals continuously since 2010
    • John Muir Health is one of four institutions nationwide recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence by the National Consortium of Breast Centers
  • Hill Physicians Medical Group — Founded in 1984, Hill Physicians Medical Group is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected medical groups in the country. Recent awards include:
    • "Elite Status" from the California Association of Physician Groups, 2016
    • "Healthiest Place to Work in the Bay Area" survey by the San Francisco Business Times
    • 2017 Medicare Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model
  • Meritage Medical Network — Originally founded in 1981, Meritage Medical Network has more than 700 primary care physicians and specialists working in Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties. Recent awards include:
    • "Elite Status" from the California Association of Physician Groups, 2016
    • Integrated Healthcare Association "Excellence in Healthcare Award" for achievements in providing patients high-quality care while managing costs
    • 2015 Case in Point Platinum Award by Dorland Health for Meritage's Case Management in Managed Care Programs for Transitions of Care