UPDATE: Memorial Health System in network with provider Anthem

Published: Jan. 15, 2020 at 5:31 PM EST
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UPDATE 1/28/2020 4:41 P.M.

Memorial Health System's health system will remain in-network with Anthem BC/BS for members of Blue Cross/Blue Shield Plans. The negotiation between the health system and Anthem has been finalized.

The agreement will remain in place through 9/30/22.

"We are pleased to have reached this multiyear agreement that provides Anthem BC/BS patients access to the high quality, low-cost care provided through our providers, clinics, outpatient centers and hospitals," says Memorial Health System president and CEO Scott Cantley, "We are appreciative of your patience as we worked through this important negotiation."

Memorial Health System will keep its Resource Center open for walk-ins through January 31 and available by phone through February 7 to answer any remaining questions.

Marietta-based Memorial Health System is in down-to-the-wire negotiations with Southeast Ohio's largest health insurer.

The outcome potentially could affect customers on both sides of the Ohio River.

In contract talks with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, the hospital system is seeking an increase in the money it is paid for reimbursement costs.

The two sides currently have a January 31 deadline to reach an agreement.

The hospital leadership has made an offer it hopes Anthem will accept by that time.

"We've been working hard with our employers who have Anthem as their insurance partner," says hospital CEO Scott Cantley, "so we continue to keep that group updated and keep our website updated with information to the public. And know we continue to be in network."

There's been one extension on the deadline to reach an agreement, since talks began last spring.

In addition to patients from the Washington County area, Wood County residents are served by Marietta Memorial Hospital, including its Belpre campus.

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