BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) – St. Luke’s Health announced Friday night that it has resolved a contractual dispute with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. According to a statement released by St. Luke’s Health, the agreement will provide coverage for 65,000 BCBSTX patients who choose to receive their care at hospitals in the St. Luke’s Provider Network, including St. Joseph Health at Bryan-College Station.
According to a statement from Douglas Lawson, CEO of St. Lukes Health, the new agreement is effective January 8, 2021.
“This new contract is an affirmation of the importance of choosing to receive the accessible, value-driven medical care we provide at St. Luke’s Health to the health of our community. The support St. Luke’s Health has received from patients, providers, employers and other leaders has been tremendous, ”said Lawson. “Terminating the contract last month was a difficult decision, especially in the face of COVID-19, but we knew it was a necessary decision because we couldn’t continue to provide the value-focused care that our community expects. addressing us to Saint-Luc. financial health. This agreement does that. “
“As this new agreement comes into effect, our focus remains where it always has been: patients,” Lawson said. “We look forward to continuing to work with the BCBSTX clients who have remained in our care and to work with those who will require hospital care in the future.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas released in a statement that the new deal was a determined effort by both sides to reach a mutually beneficial deal that was best for all parties involved.
“We have advocated on behalf of our members to keep health care prices affordable, especially during a global pandemic when access to care is critical,” said Shara McClure, senior vice president of health care delivery. health in Texas for BCBSTX.
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