HealthCare

Blue Cross, CommonSpirit reach new agreement

Hometown hospitals again accept HMO/PPO plans for care

BlueCross BlueShield of Texas (BCBSTX) announced that an agreement had been reached with CommonSpirit Health to include several of its healthcare plans at the nation’s second-largest nonprofit healthcare chain. The restored relationship allows East Texans to use their insurance benefits at the CHI St. Luke’s system, the only hospital to provide care in Livingston and other small East Texas communities.

CHI St. Luke’s Hospital in Livingston

In the fall of 2020, CommonSpirit announced it would no longer accept many of the managed care plans offered by Blue Cross due to low reimbursement amounts effective Jan. 1, 2021.

Termination during COVID was difficult for provider

T. Douglas Lawson, CEO of St. Luke’s Health made the following statement:

“This new contract is an affirmation of how important the choice to receive the accessible, value-driven medical care that we provide at St. Luke’s Health is to the health of our community. The support St. Luke’s Health received from patients, providers, employers and other leaders was tremendous. Termination of the contract last month was a difficult decision, especially in the face of COVID-19, but we knew it was a necessary decision as we could only continue to provide the value-driven care our community relies upon by addressing St. Luke’s financial health. This agreement does that.

“As this new agreement goes into effect, our focus remains where it has always been–on patients. We’re eager to continue working with those BCBSTX customers who have remained under our care, and to working with those who find themselves in need of hospital-based care in the future.”

“We are happy that a mutually beneficial agreement has been reached,” BCBSTX said in an announcement sent to its members.

In the midday announcement from Blue Cross, CommonSpirit facilities will be an in-network provider for the following plans:

  • Par Plan
  • Blue Choice PPO
  • Blue Premier
  • Blue Essentials
  • Blue Advantage HMO
  • Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Medicare Advantage HMO and
  • MyBlue Health.

For more information, contact BCBSTX customer service at (888) 697-0683.

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