3 recent payer, provider contract disputes, resolutions

These three contract resolutions and dissolutions occurred between payers and providers over the past few weeks, beginning with the most recent.

1. Cigna, HealthCare Partners align to offer joint health plan
Bloomfield, Conn.-based Cigna and HealthCare Partners in El Segundo, Calif. — a division of DaVita Medical Group — will jointly offer Los Angeles-area employers health plans beginning April 1.  

2. Bon Secours Medical Group, UnitedHealthcare dissolve contract
Bon Secours Medical Group, part of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System in Greenville, S.C., dropped its contract with Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealthcare. The change was effective Feb. 14. 

3. Integrity Health clinics resolve BCBS of Minnesota contract dispute
Eagan, Minn.-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota reached separate contract agreements with each of Integrity Health Network's 20 affiliated clinics, avoiding the clinics' scheduled Feb. 1 exit from the insurer's provider network.   

More articles on payer issues:
California looks to a single-payer health system amid proposed ACA changes
BPO offers payers a solution to the healthcare consumerism dilemm
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia appoints president 


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