Parkview Health and insurer Anthem have agreed to a new deal that will keep members in-network for the foreseeable future.
The agreement comes just hours before the current contract was set to expire.
Parkview announced around 4:30 p.m. Thursday that a multi-year deal had been struck. Terms of the deal were not released.
“It was of the utmost importance to us that our patients have uninterrupted access to the Parkview physicians, care teams and facilities they trust,” said Mike Packnett, President and CEO, Parkview Health. “Parkview has been focused on delivering the best care at the best cost, as we know it’s what our region’s patients and employers expect and deserve. As caregivers, we are grateful we can continue to provide high-quality care for every member of our community.”
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David Lee, Vice President of Health Solutions for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, added: “This agreement accomplishes what healthcare consumers want most—high quality care at an affordable price. We listened to our customers and kept their concerns about healthcare affordability at the forefront during these contract discussions. We’re pleased to continue our partnership with Parkview Health and recognize the important role they play in the delivery of quality care to our members.”
Parkview and Anthem began negotiating a new deal earlier this year. Anthem said Parkview was charging their clients too much for health services. Parkview disputed that claim.
The previous deal was set to end April 29, but it was extended three months to give both sides more time to find common ground. Earlier this week, the sides agreed to a two-day extension to come to terms.
That has happened.
Patients with questions can contact Anthem at the number on the back of their health insurance card or call Parkview at 1-844-241-0032, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.