Grady Memorial ends BCBS contract today

Atlanta-based Grady Memorial Hospital is leaving the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia network today due to a contract dispute, according to Atlanta Daily World.

Blue Cross Blue Shield paid Grady Health 70 percent less than other Georgia hospitals, health system executives claimed in a statement released to Atlanta Business Chronicle. The executives also claimed Blue Cross Blue Shield refused to cooperate, even after the hospital proposed several compromises, according to the report.

Blue Cross Blue Shield representatives said Grady Memorial Hospital is seeking reimbursement higher than inflation. The company said it is still willing to negotiate an agreement with Grady Memorial Hospital given it "will not force healthcare costs to increase substantially for our employer groups" and members, according to the report.

Grady Health is one of the largest public health systems in the country.

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