PREVIOUS: Deadline for Anthem and Parkview Health to reach an agreement The agreement comes within hours of the expiry of the current contract. After months of contract negotiations between Anthem and Parkview Health System — a network of more than 80 municipal hospitals and clinics in northern Indiana and northwestern Ohio — an agreement was reached between the two parties. FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – It was on the wire, but Parkview Health and Anthem agreed on a new contract. If Anthem and Parkview Health Systems had not reached an agreement, thousands of residents would have to make difficult decisions — balancing a change of doctor or hospital against the increased costs if they continue to use the network provider. FORT WAYNE, Ind. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Parkview Health have not yet reached a new agreement. But the anthem doesn`t matter. And with 41 million members and an annual turnover of more than $100 billion, it has considerable influence. If there is no agreement – Parkview said Medicare/Medicaid payments do not even cover costs – Anthem customers who are treated by Parkview are considered „unconnected to the network“ and are subject to a corresponding charge.
According to Packnett, this could push some patients to other health networks that may or may not have difficulty copeing with the influx. Anthem said Parkview demanded „unsustainable prices that have the potential to put health care out of reach for the average person.“ „This agreement achieves what health consumers want most – quality care at an affordable price,“ said David Lee, M.D., vice president of health solutions for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. „We listened to our clients and focused on their concerns about the affordability of health care during these contract negotiations. We are pleased to continue our partnership with Parkview Health and recognize the important role they play in providing quality services to our members. Parkview officials say Parkview Health and Indiana`s Anthem have agreed to extend the current agreement for two days, giving each party more time to negotiate a new contract. „We are naturally pleased with the final outcome of the negotiations,“ says Candace Shaffer, Senior Director of Human Resources Benefits. „We appreciate and appreciate Anthem`s efforts to reach a fair agreement that saves the university and our employees money.“ Suppliers to Parkview Physicians Group, based in Ohio, are not affected by this agreement and remain in the network. „That`s why, 10 months ago, Anthem approached Parkview officials to begin discussions on a new contract that offers a higher affordable price. We were in communication with Parkview agents last night and this morning, and we continue to focus on reaching an agreement before the current contract expires. The new expiry date for your current agreement is now Thursday, July 30, at 11:59 a.m. .m. The announcement was made because the deadline for a new agreement was due to take place until 11:59 p.m.
.m Thursday. FORT WAYNE, IND. – July 30, 2020 – Parkview Health, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield have agreed to a new contract. The multi-year contract continues to provide Anthem members with access to all Parkview Health suppliers and facilities.