Piedmont renews insurance deal . . . with Blue Cross
Normally, a local hospital system signing a contract extension with an insurer isn’t a notable event. But when the deal involves Piedmont Healthcare, currently embroiled in a high-profile contract dispute with another health insurer, such a move gets noticed. Piedmont on Tuesday announced the contract agreement with Blue Cross... Read more
Piedmont-United deadlock: Are things bumpy or downright bleak?
The contract impasse between Piedmont and UnitedHealthcare has now entered its second month, and the two sides have very different versions of where things stand. United’s CEO for Georgia, Garland Scott, told GHN on Tuesday in an interview that the two organizations’ differences have narrowed a bit, but that... Read more
As feds file suit over insurance deals, Georgia postpones hearing
The state’s Department of Insurance on Thursday postponed next week’s hearing on the Aetna-Humana merger after federal antitrust officials filed suit to block the proposed deal over anti-competitive concerns. The feds also filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna. Anthem has a significant stake here,... Read more
Piedmont-United dispute shows no sign of resolution
Three weeks after their old contract expired, Piedmont Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare remain far apart in trying to reach a new one. Since July 1, five Piedmont hospitals, as well as health system doctors, have been “out of network” to tens of thousands of United members. Those patients now face... Read more
Piedmont, United fail to reach new deal as clock runs out
Eleventh-hour contract talks between Piedmont Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare ended Thursday evening without an agreement. So starting at midnight, five Piedmont hospitals, along with Piedmont physicians, would be out of network to tens of thousands of United members. That means they will face higher out-of-pocket costs to visit those facilities.... Read more

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