Tenet, Baptist Health System in talks with BCBS of Texas for 10 months

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, which owns San Antonio, Texas-based Baptist Health System, will sever ties with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas April 15 if ongoing contract negotiations prove unsuccessful. The two organizations have been in "active negotiations" for the past 10 months, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Tenet reportedly issued BCBS of Texas the termination notice in October, according to the article.

If negotiations prove unsuccessful, seven of Baptist Health's hospitals will no longer be considered in-network for individuals with Blue Cross PPO, Blue Essentials, Blue Advantage HMO and Blue Cross Medicare Advantage plans.

BCBS of Texas officials said they will notify members of any network changes.

In a notice to agents and brokers, BCBS of Texas said they hope "Tenet will remain in [their] networks. Even if Tenet decides to leave [their] networks, members in Texas can still choose from more than 80,000 doctors and healthcare practitioners and 500 hospitals throughout the state."

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