Grady Health System, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia reach agreement

Atlanta-based Grady Health System and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia have agreed on a new contract, and the health system will once again be a part of the health insurer's networks.

Grady Health System, which includes 953-bed Grady Memorial Hospital, left the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia network in November 2014. At that time, Grady Health System executives claimed the health insurer paid it 70 percent less than other hospitals in the state. However, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia claimed Grady Memorial Hospital was seeking reimbursement higher than inflation.

Executives from the health system and the insurer were pleased a new contract was reached.

"Historically BCBSGa and Grady have worked together to provide access to quality medical care," said Morgan Kendrick, president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia. "We look forward to continuing this relationship for many years to come."

John M. Haubert, president and CEO of Grady Health System, said the new contract "means that Blue Cross members once again have access to the unparalleled skill and experience that Grady provides area residents."

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