Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and UC Health reach agreement

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and UC Health announced they have reached an agreement.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield released a statement saying:

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and UC Health have reached an agreement that will continue to give Anthem members continued, uninterrupted access to UC Health hospitals and physicians. The multi-year agreement includes all Anthem products in which UC Health currently participates.

Anthem is committed to providing our members with access to affordable, quality health care, and will continue to work on behalf of the greater Cincinnati community. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to our many customers and members for their patience and understanding during this process.

UC Health currently includes University of Cincinnati Medical Center, UC Health Surgical Hospital, West Chester Hospital, The Drake Center and the Lindner Center of Hope as well as UC Health-affiliated physicians. Anthem serves more than 500,000 members in the area with health benefits plans for employer groups and individuals.

"We truly understand the impact this situation has had on our patients who receive services at UC Health."  said Jim Kingsbury, President and CEO of UC Health. "I'm pleased that the matter has been resolved with Anthem and that patients will not be charged out-of-network rates for their care."

However, UC Health says there is one remaining issue to resolve.

"We were able to resolve an issue that has lingered on for years. The one remaining issue to be settled involves Anthem's Medicare transplant patients," said Gayla Harvey, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning & Payer Relations, UC Health.

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