Natividad Reaches Coverage Agreement with Anthem Blue Cross
August 1, 2012
For a hospital that sees mostly uninsured patients, accustomed to collecting pennies on the dollar in government reimbursements, contracts with insurance providers can go a long way.
Natividad Medical Center, the county public safety net hospital, announced a new contract with Anthem Blue Cross that takes effect Aug. 1.
Anthem had terminated the prior agreement in January, leaving them on month-to-month terms. The new agreement "has better terms for employers and employees," says Natividad CEO Harry Weis.
"We’re happy to have it, and we think it’s a real value for our community," Weis adds.
Only 16 percent of Natividad's patients have private health insurance coverage, and Anthem Blue Cross is the largest provider within that pool.
“We know Natividad Medical Center is an important part of the local medical community and we’re excited to continue our relationship with the hospital so that our members can continue to have access to high quality health care,” Anthem Blue Cross President Pam Kehaly said in a statement.