FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — With the deadline to reach a new deal quickly approaching, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Parkview Health have yet to reach a new deal.
Officials with Parkview say Parkview Health and Anthem of Indiana have agreed to a two-day extension of the current agreement, giving each side more time to negotiate a new contract.
The new expiration date for their current agreement is now Thursday, July 30, at 11:59 p.m.
If no deal is made or there is not another deadline extension, thousands of people in the Fort Wayne region who have Anthem as their health insurance provider will be considered "out-of-network" at all Parkview-affiliated locations in Indiana.
Parkview President and CEO, Mike Packnett, said in a statement to FOX 55 at 9 p.m. on Tuesday that “We’ve made progress, but both sides felt it was important to take more time to try to work through our differences rather than allowing the contract to end tonight at midnight. We will continue our discussions in earnest, working to avoid significant disruptions for our patients and area employers."
At the time of this update, Anthem provided FOX 55 with the following statement at 10 p.m. Tuesday.
"An independent analysis by the RAND Corporation last year revealed that Indiana has the highest hospital costs among the 25 states they studied. Anthem has a responsibility to address this issue and make healthcare more affordable for our customers and members.
"That’s why we continue to be focused on a new contract with Parkview Health—one that is fair and brings greater affordability to consumers in northeast Indiana. We have agreed to extend the current contract two days in hopes that the remaining issues can be resolved."
This means that Parkview patients insured by Anthem can expect to pay more in out of pocket costs if not in the network.
- Parkview Physicians Group
- Parkview Regional Medical Center
- Parkview Randallia Hospital
- Parkview Orthopedic Hospital
- Parkview Surgery One
- Parkview DeKalb Hospital
- Parkview Huntington Hospital
- Parkview Lagrange Hospital
- Parkview Noble Hospital
- Parkview Wabash Hospital
- Parkview Warsaw
- Parkview Whitley Hospital
- Parkview Behavioral Health
- Parkview Labs
- Parkview Home Health and Hospice
In an initial statement from Anthem sent to FOX 55 of Tuesday, July 28, Senior Director of Communications Tony Felts said,
"This contract negotiation is about making healthcare more affordable for Anthem’s consumers in northeast Indiana. According to federal data, Indiana residents spend 4.4% more of their annual income on healthcare than the average American.
"That is why Anthem approached Parkview officials 10 months ago to begin conversations about a new contract that provides greater affordability. We were in communication with Parkview officials last night and again this morning, and we remain focused on finalizing an agreement before the current contract expires."
The plan still impacts all Indiana Parkview providers and facilities.
Parkview Physicians Group providers based in Ohio are not impacted by this agreement and will remain in-network.