Blue Cross Blue Shield from Texas could sever ties with huge hospital system

Tens of thousands of Texans could potentially be affected by a major conflict between the state’s largest insurance company and one of the nation’s largest health care networks, with many providers and facilities excluded from the patient network. Negotiations have been going on for months without a solution, and now time is running out.

The contract between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) and Ascension Texas will expire on January 31st, causing hospitals such as Dell Children’s Medical Center, Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, and 10 other Texas hospitals to be taken offline. if a new contract is not signed, as per the notice issued by Ascension.

“Over the past several months, Ascension Texas has been negotiating with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas to secure and adequately reimburse the vital medical services it provides to BCBSTX members in Central Texas,” the notice reads.

An additional 32 hospital-based hospitals and 10 joint venture hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers will be affected, primarily in the Central Texas and Hill Country regions. A complete list of affected items and information can be found on the Ascension website.

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