Regence BlueShield of Washington, Optum-owned clinics strike new contract

Regence BlueShield of Washington and Optum-owned Everett (Wash.) Clinic and Polyclinic have reached an agreement to keep 19,000 commercial members in-network. 

According to a Dec. 22 news release, the agreement does not include Medicare Advantage members. Regence BlueShield and the clinics' agreement for Medicare Advantage members expired Dec. 5. 

The payer and providers are still negotiating a contract for Medicare Advantage members, Regence BlueShield said.

"We are disappointed the negotiations ultimately created uncertainty for our members and customers, particularly during the tripledemic of COVID-19, RSV and the flu," Regence BlueShield said in the release. 

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