Monday, November 19, 2012

Anthem Blue Cross Drops Cedars-Sinai, UCLA From Health Plan

Anthem Blue Cross Drops Cedars-Sinai, UCLA From Health Plan
Bob Herman
Becker Hospital Review
September 24, 2012

Anthem Blue Cross in California is shutting out two of the largest healthcare providers in the Los Angeles area — Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA Health System — from one of its health plans because the health systems are "too expensive," according to a Los Angeles Times report.

All physicians affiliated with Cedars-Sinai and UCLA will be eliminated from Anthem's Select health plan, effective Jan. 1, which is offered to roughly 60,000 employees and dependents in Los Angeles. The city said Anthem's plan would save $7.6 million in annual premiums. It is expected that roughly 2,200 city employees and family members will lose in-network access to their physicians, according to the report.

In response to the move, the health systems said their high costs are associated with their medical research and innovative treatments that "benefit the entire community," according to the report. Cedars-Sinai and UCLA also said Anthem's maneuver will only shift costs onto those who still receive care at the facilities.

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