• August 22, 2014

Blue Cross, Blue Shield reaches deal with Adventist hospitals

Members part of in-network system at Metroplex, Rollins Brook starting Tuesday

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Posted: Saturday, June 28, 2014 4:30 am

Adventist Health System and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas on Friday announced a multiyear agreement to provide in-network access to health care for Blue Cross Blue Shield members at Adventist hospitals in Central Texas.

The three Adventist hospitals in Texas — Metroplex Adventist Hospital in Killeen, Rollins Brook Community Hospital in Lampasas and Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos — again will be in the Blue Cross Blue Shield network of providers following a three-month period during which they were out-of-network because of a dispute over insurance reimbursement rates.

The new contract enables Blue Cross Blue Shield members to receive care at Adventist hospitals and with their physicians on an in-network basis, effective Tuesday.

“At Metroplex Health System, we work hard to be a high-quality, affordable provider for our patients, creating value in everything we do,” said Carlyle Walton, president/CEO at Metroplex, in a statement. “We are pleased to once again be able to provide great care to Blue Cross and Blue Shield members in our community.”

Members may schedule hospital services and care with their physicians now so that in-network care can resume Tuesday.

“As we’ve done for more than 80 years, Blue Cross Blue Shield stands by its members in sickness and health, ensuring quality, affordable health care benefits to our members in all 254 counties across the state,” said Jack Towsley, divisional senior vice president of Health Care Delivery for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. “Adventist is a valuable partner, and we’re pleased our continued discussions have resulted in an agreement that provides access to care for our members.”

Members with questions about their benefits can call the customer service number on the back of their member ID cards or go to www.bcbstx.com/member.

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