Blue Cross Blue Shield, GHS reach agreement

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Georgia Health Sciences and Blue Cross Blue Shield have reached an agreement, according to a news release.

The agreement says Blue Cross Blue Shield members will be able to have in-network access to GHS providers, due to a "multi-year" contract.

This means GHS patients with Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance will be able to schedule appointments "without delay or disruption."

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement that enables us to continue making critical investments in our services, facilities, equipment, technology and physician recruitment. This agreement preserves the outstanding care our patients have come to expect from GHS," said David S. Hefner, CEO of Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center and Georgia Health Sciences Medical Associates in the news release. "We know this situation has been stressful for our community and we greatly appreciate your patience and assistance as we worked through negotiations."

Blue Cross Blue Shield President Morgan Kendrick says their members remained the top priority throughout the process.

"We understand that negotiations such as these can be disruptive and are pleased to have reached an agreement that preserves access to a quality provider network, improves the quality of care that our members need and deserve and maintains healthcare affordability," said Kendrick in the news release.

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