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Mission Health Now Out of Network with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Mission Health
Effective today, October 5, 2017, Mission Health’s contract with Blue Cross has expired and essentially all Mission Health physicians and facilities are now out-­of-network providers with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC). Read more…

Still no resolution as BCBS, Mission plan to split Oct. 5

Blue Ridge Times-News
As of Thursday, Mission Health facilities will no longer be in the network of Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina. Read more…

What you need to know about the Mission-Blue Cross NC dispute

Asheville Citizen-Times
Understanding how much your health insurance will pay for what care from which provider is hard enough under normal circumstances. Read more…

Hospital Company Concerned More with Care than its Profits

Crossroads Chronicle
I often hear that Mission is taking over all the medical practices in town. There is a perception that Mission is gaining control of private practices and this results in increased costs of healthcare. Read more…

Mission's Door Still Open to Resolution

Asheville Citizen-Times
These last few months have been a troubling time for everyone in western North Carolina, including those in management and board roles at Mission Health and BCBSNC. Read more…

The State of Things

WUNC – North Carolina Public Radio.
In western North Carolina two healthcare giants are going head-to-head over the cost of services. Read more…

Mission CEO: You can’t compare David and Goliath

Asheville Citizen Times
How much is enough? A barrage of negative advertising and misleading claims from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina have generated a common question: “How much is enough?” Since reporting more than half a billion dollars of profit ($542 million) for the first six months of 2017 – that important question has new and very profound meaning. Read more…

Call to Resolve Stalemate

Transylvania Times
The negotiations between Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina and Mission Hospital have reached a stalemate. This threatens the health care of all North Carolina residents currently covered by BC/BS, in particular those in the Western part of the state. Read more…

Amid plans to cancel contracts with BCBSNC, Mission Health inks agreement with WellCare

Triangle Business Journal
Amid plans to cancel its contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina effective Oct. 5, Mission Health has inked a new agreement with WellCare of North Carolina. The company is a provider of Medicaid and Medicare services, and is a subsidiary of Tampa, Florida-based WellCare Health Plans (NYSE: WCG). Read more…

New Partnership Expands WellCare Members’ Access to Mission Health System in North Carolina Next Year

Mission Health System
ASHEVILLE, N.C. and TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 28, 2017) — WellCare of North Carolina, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), a leading provider of Medicaid and Medicare services, announced today that Mission Health will join the health plan’s provider network. Read more…

Reality Check: Why are Mission Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield at odds?

WLOS
Only 42 days remain until Mission Health will be out of network with Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance. The sticking point in the contract negotiation is the rate Blue Cross pays Mission. Read more…

CEO answers concerns about Mission/BCBS contract

Smoky Mountain News
Mission Health Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ron Paulus took to social media last week to answer questions from patients regarding the health care system’s ongoing contract battle with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Read more…

Mission rolls out transition plan for BCBS patients

Smoky Mountain News
Mission Health’s contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina will expire Oct. 5, leaving thousands of patients to find another in-network provider or pay more out of pocket to see a Mission provider. While Mission leaders are still hopeful a deal can be struck — even if it comes after the deadline — the nonprofit health care system has announced a plan to help patients through the transition. Read more…

Mission Health calls BCBS' removal of providers from online directory 'overt and senseless action'

Becker's Hospital Review
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina in Durham removed Asheville, N.C.-based Mission Health System providers from its online directory ahead of a looming Oct. 5 contract deadline, the health system reported. Read more…

Mission Health releases plan for end of contract with BCBSNC

WSPA
Mission Health says they are putting together a plan to help consumers affected by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina’s contract with Mission Health ending in October. The health care system says the contract is expected to end on October 5. Read more…

Mission Health Announces Plan to Help Consumers Affected by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina's Decision to Exclude Mission Health from Its Network

Mission Health System
Since Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has refused to engage in any dialogue toward a new contract, Mission Health has outlined a plan to help consumers affected by the inevitable end of its current contract with BCBSNC on October 5, 2017. Mission’s transition plan will cover everyone with BCBSNC insurance coverage, including consumers with BCBSNC commercial insurance coverage and BCBSNC Medicare Advantage plans. Read more…

Let’s Get the Facts: BCBSNC & Mission Health – Live on Facebook

You’ve likely seen and heard the sleek advertising and tactics designed to instill fear within our community, but what exactly is going on between Blue Cross Blue Shield and Mission Health?

Join Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President & CEO of Mission Health, as we explore this question as well as your questions about BCBS and Mission Health.

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Mission is merely seeking its fair share

Smoky Mountain News
We read with great interest the editorial from Jeanne Dupois regarding the many challenges that Mission Health faces in serving Western North Carolina and her associated skepticism. We don’t blame her for being frustrated; we are too. Read more…

BCBS axes Mission Health's offer to keep ACA exchange policyholders in-network

Becker's Hospital Review
Amid a rate negotiation deadlock, Asheville, N.C.-based Mission Health System offered to continue in-network recognition of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina's ACA exchange policyholders Thursday; however, BCBSNC quickly rejected the proposal. Read more…

BCBSNC rejects Mission Health's offer to cover patients covered by Obamacare

ABC WLOS 13
There are no signs a potential health care divide will be anytime resolved soon. On Thursday, News 13 received dueling statements from the CEO's of Mission Health and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC). Read more…

Mission offers help for those on Obamacare; Blue Cross NC says no

Asheville Citizen-Times
Mission Health offered Thursday to hold harmless people who get their insurance through the Affordable Care Act despite its contract dispute with Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, but Blue Cross NC turned the proposal down. Mission's offer would affect the roughly 50,000 people in Western North Carolina who get their insurance via the ACA, commonly called Obamacare. Read more…

Mission Health Protects Consumers Insured on the NC Health Insurance Exchange

Mission Health
Mission Health has offered to stay in-network and accept its current payment rates with no increase from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) for care provided to anyone covered by a policy purchased on the exchange. Read more…

Mission offers its own health care plan

Smoky Mountain News
If Mission doesn't strike a deal with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina by October, the health system may be pushing more Western North Carolina employers to sign up for its own health care plan — Healthy State — to keep their employees inside the Mission network. Read more…

North Carolinians Put Blame for Rising Healthcare Costs Mostly on Insurers, Government

North Carolina Hospital Association
CARY, N.C., August 1, 2017 - More than half of North Carolinians consider insurance companies and government to be at fault for the increasing costs of healthcare. Results of a spring poll of registered voters by Mason Dixon Polling and Research indicate that 34 percent believe insurance companies are most responsible, while 25 percent hold government more accountable for healthcare costs. Only 13 percent of those polled attribute rising healthcare costs directly to medical providers. Read more…

Mission Health and Aetna Sign Multi-Year Agreement

Mission Health
ASHEVILLE – July 31, 2017 – Mission Health and Aetna have signed a new, multi-year agreement providing Aetna customers who receive healthcare benefits through their employers with in-network access to Mission Health’s hospitals, outpatient centers and employed physicians across western North Carolina. This agreement provides employers in western North Carolina with further access to competitively priced network providers. Read more…

Blue Cross NC, Mission Health split would affect thousands in WNC

Asheville Citizen-Times
ASHEVILLE – Anyone who has cable or satellite television knows the drill. A group of TV stations and a TV provider can't agree on a contract, so each takes their case to the public with claims the other side is demanding unreasonable terms. Read more…

Mission Health and Cigna Sign Multi-Year Agreement

Mission Health
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (July 24, 2017) – Mission Health and Cigna have signed a new agreement providing Cigna customers who get health care benefits through their employers with in-network access to Mission Health’s hospitals, outpatient centers and employed physicians across western North Carolina. Read more…

Mission didn't pick this fight lightly

Asheville Citizen-Times
We didn't pick any fight lightly, and certainly not with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC), our state's overwhelmingly dominant insurer. Read more…

Mission, Blue Cross Blue Shield Have Differing Views

Transylvania Times
Contractual negotiations between the insurance provider Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBS) and Mission Health came to a stalemate on July 5, with each party blaming the other for failure to come up with a reasonable plan. Read more…

Mission may stop taking Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC

Asheville Citizen-Times
ASHEVILLE – Mission Health and the state's largest private health insurer say they have been unable to agree on a contract, raising the possibility of higher costs for care for thousands of Western North Carolina residents. Read more…

Mission Health Delivers Notice of Intent to Terminate its Contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Mission Health
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (July 5, 2017) – Today, Mission Health announced it has delivered notice of intent to terminate its contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) if ongoing negotiations fail to reach an agreement. The notice establishes a specific deadline for new contracts to be in place by midnight October 4, 2017, or Mission Health and its facilities and physicians will be out of BCBSNC’s network effective October 5, 2017. Read more…

NC's Blue Cross Seeks 23 Percent Hike on Individual Policies

U.S. News and World Report
North Carolina's largest health insurer says it wants to increase the average price for subsidized policies created by former President Barack Obama's overhaul law by 23 percent next year. Read more…