New York-Presbyterian, Empire Blues reach contract
New York-Presbyterian and Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield have agreed to a multiyear deal to keep the 10-hospital system in Empire’s network. The accord ends a public fight that stoked fears that about 300,000 New York-Presbyterian patients would face higher outof-network charges next year.
The current agreement was set to expire Dec. 31 and covered people in employer-sponsored, individual, Medicare and Medicaid plans. The health system said a potential $200 million cut in reimbursement would have threatened its ability to invest in patient care and support the training of future physicians.