BlueCross, Mountain States face contract deadline

BlueCross, Mountain States face contract deadline


JOHNSON CITY (AP) - BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has notified about 26,500 members this week that its coverage for care provided at Mountain States Health Alliance facilities will end soon if a new contract isn't reached.

The health care plan notified its members by letters this week that coverage for MSHA facilities, including those in Johnson City, Kingsport, Elizabethton and Mountain City, could end June 1.

The Johnson City Press reports that the sticking point is a proposed reduction in BlueCross reimbursement rates. Representatives for Mountain States said the reduction is a double-digit percentage that will reduce funds for improving health care in northeast Tennessee.

BlueCross representatives say the reduction is a single-percentage of the current reimbursement rate and is comparable to other providers in the region.

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