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Breaking news: CHRISTUS reaches agreement with Blue Cross

BEAUMONT - From CHRISTUS Health - CHRISTUS Health announced today that it has reached an agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) to remain in its network.

"We are pleased that we have been able to continue our relationship with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas without any disruption for their members," said Shannon Stansbury, Vice President of Managed Care, CHRISTUS Health.  "We know it's important to BCBSTX members that our CHRISTUS hospitals and the vital, high quality services they provide remain available in their network.  We would like to thank all those who made their voices heard, expressing to both parties that they wanted to continue choosing CHRISTUS hospitals."

While negotiations between health care providers and payors are confidential, CHRISTUS Health was able to come to a middle ground that will allow it to continue its more than 50-year relationship with BCBSTX.

"Affordable health care is important to all of us, and you can count on CHRISTUS Health to manage costs at our facilities in a way that will allow us to continue to provide our communities with the very best quality care," Stansbury said.  


BEAUMONT - From Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

After several months of negotiations, we are pleased to announce that determined efforts from both Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) and CHRISTUS Health have resulted in an agreement that will keep the health system in BCBSTX’s provider networks.

This multi-year agreement provides our members with continued in-network access to CHRISTUS facilities in Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Jasper, San Antonio and Texarkana. As we’ve done for more than 80 years, BCBSTX will continue to advocate on behalf of our members to protect their access to quality, affordable health care across the state.


BEAUMONT (March 16 KFDM report) - KFDM News has learned CHRISTUS Health is negotiating with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas to continue in-network care. The deadline is April 1.

Statement from CHRISTUS

Statement from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

According to a statement a CHRISTUS spokeswoman released to KFDM News, even if they can't reach an agreement, CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth, St. Mary and Jasper will continue to accept Blue Cross Blue Shield as they have for nearly 50 years. However, it could be out-of-network and the amount you pay out-of-pocket could vary.

In the statement to KFDM, the spokeswoman for CHRISTUS says it's asking for a 1/2 percent increase, well below healthcare inflation rates, while Blue Cross wants the healthcare system to significantly cuts costs by as much as 20 percent.

The statement adds that CHRISTUS has the second lowest costs of any of the nation's Catholic health systems.

CHRISTUS is urging all Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas members to call the insurance company at 1-800-521-2227 and let Blue Cross and employers know it's important to keep CHRISTUS hospital in the Blue Cross Blue Shield network.


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