The Value of the Ascension Network

Get the Benefits of Staying Within The Ascension Network
Ascension doctors take time to develop a relationship with you, understand your situation and coordinate the best care for your needs.

As a SmartHealth member, you have access to compassionate, personalized care from Ascension. We’re more than just hospitals, ERs and clinics. Ascension care teams start by understanding you, your health and your life to deliver care that’s right for you.

SmartHealth members who use the Ascension Network (Tier 1) will pay lower out of pocket costs when compared to services through the National Network or out-of-network.

By using doctors and facilities in Ascension’s Network, you create a personal care team that can easily communicate and coordinate goals for your healthcare. This benefit of information sharing allows for:
  • Providers to have access to your health history and can easily collaborate
  • Coordinated care between members of your care team
  • Streamlined, faster service
  • Higher quality care and improved health outcomes

Ascension Network (Tier 1)

  • Ascension employed or contracted providers
  • Cost-effective and high-quality care
  • Provides continuity of care
  • Find providers here 

National Network (Tier 2)

  • More expensive than Tier 1
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Network
  • Limited coordination of care
  • Find providers here* (This link does not apply to ILARL or OKTUL.)
    *ILARL members, find providers here (Review those with the “BlueChoice Options IL” label)
    *OKTUL members, find providers here (Review those with the “BlueOptions Options OK” label) 

Out-of-network (Tier 3)

  • Providers who are not members of either the Ascension Network or the National Network
  • Most expensive care option

National ancillary provider list

In order to ensure that you're getting services within the Ascension Network you can:
  • Use the doctor and location search here
  • Discuss referrals with your doctor and share with them a desire to stay within the Ascension Network
  • Discuss any lab work done in the office with your doctor and ask whether it will be sent to an Ascension Network lab, if you're taking a lab order to get services completed visit an Ascension
  • Network facility

If you have questions about getting services at an Ascension Network doctor or location you can contact SmartHealth Customer Service at 888-492-6811.