Piedmont Healthcare doctors and hospitals are now out-of-network providers for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia insurance members after negotiations failed to bring a new agreement on contract extensions.
The old contract expired midnight on Saturday.
It all comes down to negotiations, but a lot of patients are getting stuck in the middle, and it could cost you.
Here’s what’s going on: insurance companies negotiate prices with hospitals and doctors, and Piedmont and BCBS were negotiating around the clock. When they couldn’t reach an agreement by midnight Saturday, Piedmont was taken out of the insurance provider’s network.
That means you could now pay more for services. BCBS is the state’s largest insurer, so this affects a lot of people, and Piedmont is losing a lot of business as this drags on.
But it all comes down to who will give in first.
Here’s what you need to know: if you have an emergency, dial 911. Emergency services are always a covered benefit. There are also certain patients this doesn’t affect, among those are Blue Cross Medicare Advantage members, a person with chronic or terminal illness or a woman who is pregnant.
This also doesn’t affect Piedmont Rockdale, Piedmont Columbus Regional or the newly acquired Monroe Hospital.
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