Hendrick could be out of network for Blue Cross, Blue Shield if resolution not reached

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) -  Hendrick Medical Center could be out-of-network for patients with Blue Cross Blue Shield once again if an agreement isn't reached during ongoing discussions.

Hendrick Medical Center released a statement that reads in part, "recently, Blue Cross Blue Shield made it public that we were in the process of discussing new contracts. We are in ongoing discussions with Blue Cross Blue Shield and are committed to finding a resolution."

Blue Cross Blue Shield also says they hope to reach an agreement with Hendrick Medical Center.

"We are currently discussing new contracts with Abilene-based Hendrick Medical Center, Hendrick Provider Network and Hendrick Anesthesia Network. We hope to reach a mutually acceptable agreement. Our main goal will continue to be to balance costs with broad access to care," a statement from a BCBS spokesperson reads. 

Representatives with the companies are expected to meet in-person soon in hopes of expediting the negotiation process. 

Blue Cross Blue Shield says the following will take place if an agreement is not reached: 

  • Hendrick Medical Center will no longer participate in our Blue Choice PPOSM and ParPlan provider networks, effective Dec. 1, 2017. In addition, it will no longer participate in our Blue EssentialsSM network after Dec. 9, 2017.
  • Hendrick Provider Network and Hendrick Anesthesia Network will no longer participate in our Blue Choice PPO, ParPlan or Blue Essentials networks as of Dec. 1, 2017.

Hendrick Medical Center and Blue Cross Blue Shield previously reached an agreement in March of 2016 after the hospital was out of network for 11 months during failed negotiations over reimbursement rates.

Thousands of patients were affected during the previous dispute. 

BigCountryHomepage will provide additional details on the negotiations as they are released. 

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