BOSTON―Partners HealthCare and Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP) announced that they have entered into an agreement that will give FCHP members full access to Partners HealthCare hospitals, including Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and their respective physicians.

Effective Jan. 1, FCHP members enrolled in the plan’s “Select Care” product have unrestricted access to Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s hospitals. Although the FCHP network already includes many Partners physicians and hospitals, until this year, FCHP Select Care members could only visit Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women Hospital for a second opinion or specialty procedure.

The chief executives of both Partners HealthCare and FCHP, pioneers in patient-centric, health care innovations, said the partnership reflects a new era in which health plans and providers need to work together to provide better value by making care more affordable and accessible.

“This contract with Partners HealthCare will give our Select Care members full access to one of the best health care systems in the world, giving them more choice while still holding down costs for FCHP employer customers,” said FCHP President and CEO Patrick Hughes. “It’s a win for employers, consumers and the marketplace as it strives to meet the challenges of a new imperative – great but affordable health care.”

“Meeting the demand for improved but affordable and accessible patient care is a challenge that must be addressed,” said Partners Healthcare President and CEO Gary L. Gottlieb. “As we redesign our care model to meet that challenge, we are excited to partner with a health plan that has an appetite for innovation that matches our own.”

About Partners HealthCare

Partners HealthCare is an integrated health care system, founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, that offers patients a continuum of coordinated and high-quality care. In addition to its two academic medical centers, the Partners system includes community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, community health centers, home health and long-term care services, and other health care entities. Partners HealthCare is committed to patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community. Partners is one of the nation’s leading biomedical research organizations and is a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Partners HealthCare is a non-profit organization.

About Fallon Community Health Plan

Founded in 1977, Fallon Community Health Plan is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit health care services organization. From innovative health insurance products available throughout Massachusetts for all populations, to unique health care programs and services for seniors, FCHP supports the diverse and changing needs of all those it serves. FCHP has consistently ranked among the nation’s top health plans, and is the only health plan in Massachusetts to have been awarded “Excellent” accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its HMO, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid products.