No New Negotiations Set In Norton/Anthem Split

by Gabe Bullard on July 2, 2009

The impasse between Norton Healthcare and Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield continues, and both sides still refuse to meet. Anthem says it will only negotiate Norton’s request for higher reimbursement rates with a mediator, while Norton wants to meet directly with Anthem.

The contract between Norton and Anthem ended on Wednesday. Now all of Norton’s doctors and facilities except for Kosair Children’s Hospital are out of network to Anthem customers.

But Norton spokesperson Craig Menaugh says some Anthem customers can continue their care at Norton and not be subjected to extra fees.

“Maternity patients, chemotherapy patients, the type of people who were in an active course of treatment at the time the contract expired, they’ll be able to continue to receive that care from their Norton Healthcare doctor and Norton Healthcare facility,” he says.

Menaugh says no additional talks with Anthem have been scheduled. Calls to Anthem were not immediately returned.

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