Piedmont, BCBS negotiations stall ahead of March 31 deadline

Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare still lacks a new contract with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, the Newnan Times-Herald reports.

Piedmont's in-network agreement with BCBSGA is slated to expire March 31. Piedmont Healthcare hospitals, excluding Conyers, Ga.-based Piedmont Rockdale, and physicians will exit BCBSGA's provider network if a new agreement is not inked.

The change could leave commercially insured BCBSGA members with higher out-of-pocket costs beginning April 1. The contract does not concern Medicare Advantage members.

Piedmont Healthcare spokespeople told the Newnan Times-Herald, "We have a long history of partnering with Anthem Blue Cross to maintain the critical relationship between patient and physician, and both organizations continue to work to that end."

BCBSGA echoed Piedmont's statement on its website, writing, "We're working hard to come to an agreement that continues to give you access to affordable care — and also makes sure that Piedmont is compensated fairly. Our members are our top priority, so we're hoping to sign a contract soon so you can continue to get in-network care from Piedmont."

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