In a previous post, we talked about how Piedmont Healthcare had been in discussions with Anthem Blue Cross on a new contract to cover the physician and hospital services Piedmont provides to Anthem Blue Cross commercial members – employer-sponsored and non-employer sponsored individual/family health plans.
Piedmont Healthcare issued an update on April 2nd that you can read here.
In the recent update, they said, “We are disappointed that we have been unable to reach an agreement with Anthem Blue Cross for a renewed contract. Because Piedmont and Anthem Blue Cross were unable to reach an agreement by March 31, 2018, Piedmont facilities (with the exception of Piedmont Rockdale and Piedmont Columbus Regional) and Piedmont Clinic physicians are out-of-network providers for all Anthem Blue Cross members beginning April 1, 2018.”
The announcement continued saying, “We were particularly disappointed that the written contracts from Anthem Blue Cross did not reflect the progress we thought we were making in our verbal conversations. That said, we remain fully committed to ensuring you have access to the care you need with the providers you trust. While Anthem Blue Cross has taken Piedmont out of its network, you may continue to see your Piedmont physicians, but in most cases will have higher out-of-pocket costs. We know this is difficult for our patients, and we will do whatever we can to help you manage the impact of this disruption.”
Piedmont Healthcare said that they will continue to work with Anthem Blue Cross toward a resolution.
In the meantime, for the most up-to-date information on these discussions, continue to refer to www.KeepPiedmont.org.