Blue Shield of California Asks UCLA Medical Center to Stop "Relentless Rate Increases"

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Blue Shield of California have reached an impasse in contract negotiations, and the health insurer called on UCLA to "curtail its relentless rate increases," according to a Blue Shield news release.

Blue Shield COO Paul Markovich said in a letter that UCLA Medical Center's rates for Blue Shield members have increased 98 percent since the middle of 2006, and its inpatient hospital charges are roughly 41 percent higher than Blue Shield's average in Southern California.

UCLA Medical Center has not responded to the letter.

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