Mission, Blue Cross come to agreement
Blue Cross North Carolina and Mission Health issued a joint statement Tuesday, Dec. 5, announcing an agreement for Mission’s participation in Blue Cross networks that takes effect Friday, Dec. 15.
“Both parties are pleased to reach agreement on the mutual goal of ensuring that the people of Western North Carolina receive the affordable, quality health care that they need,” according to the statement.
Mission Health announced in a July 12 press release it has delivered notice of intent to terminate its contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina if ongoing negotiations failed to reach an agreement.
The notice established a deadline for new contracts to be in place by midnight Wednesday, Oct. 4, or Mission Health and its facilities and physicians would be out of BCBSNC’s network.
An agreement was not reached and on Oct. 5 Mission became the only system in North Carolina outside the provider’s network.
“We are firmly committed to ensuring that our customers have access to high-quality, more affordable health care,” said Dr. Patrick Conway, president and CEO of Blue Cross NC on the provider’s website. “We are glad that Mission Health has partnered with us to achieve this goal.”
Blue Cross NC is the state’s largest health plan with a 72 percent market share.