BCBS Texas, Hendrick Health extend contract, avoid split for now

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and Abilene, Texas-based Hendrick Health have extended their contract agreement through April 30, avoiding a split between the two organizations. The contract was set to expire Feb. 1. 

According to a Jan. 20 news release from Hendrick Health, the extension will allow the health system and BCBS Texas time to finalize negotiations. 

"We believe a multi-year contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas can be achieved soon to ensure our patients will continue in-network access to care at Hendrick Health," the health system said in its statement. "Our goal remains to reach an agreement quickly so there is no disruption in care for our patients." 

Hendrick Health operates four hospitals, including a children's hospital, and multiple clinics and ASCs, according to its website. 

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