Baylor Scott & White, BCBS Texas facing October 1 split

Editor's note: this article was updated June 28 to reflect that Baylor Scott & White Health and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas extended their contract deadline to Oct. 1.

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Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will be out of network on July 1 without a new contract in place.

If no reimbursement agreement is reached, a split would affect commercial, Medicare Advantage and managed Medicaid enrollees across all BSWH facilities, including 51 hospitals and more than 800 care facilities. A split would also affect BCBS members in other states.

BSWH is the largest nonprofit health system in Texas. BCBS is the largest health insurer, with nearly eight million members.

"We're working closely with BSW leadership and hope to sign new contracts before July 1," BCBS Texas wrote on its website. "We want agreements that compensate BSW fairly while being good stewards of your healthcare dollars."

"We are working to reach an agreement by July 1, 2024, so plan holders may continue to receive in-network coverage for care with our providers and facilities, including those that do not operate with the Baylor Scott & White Health name," the health system wrote on its website. "You are our top priority, and we are working to minimize any potential disruptions."

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