New York-Pres­by­te­rian, Em­pire Blues reach con­tract

Modern Healthcare - - Regional News -

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.

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