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CHI Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska Reach Agreement

June 25 2015

CHI Health, UniNet and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSN) today ended a 15-month long contract dispute that has left thousands of patients disconnected from their CHI Health facilities. The two-year agreement will take effect on July 15, 2015. At that time, patients may return to their CHI Health facilities at in-network rates.

The following is a statement from Cliff Robertson, MD, chief executive officer of CHI Health, regarding the agreement:

The new fee-for-service agreement, which covers most BCBSN plans, goes into effect on July 15, 2015. While it’s not a value-based contract, we believe it sets the framework for future discussions with BCBSN about value-based agreements, which makes great care more affordable.

We whole-heartedly believe this agreement is the right thing to do for our patients, families and communities that have been disrupted by BCBSN’s decision last year to terminate our contract. CHI Health remains absolutely committed to building the region’s best value-based network and will continue to work with any payor who shares that vision.

The impact of this agreement will be one of relief in the near term for Nebraska families. In the long-term we remain firmly committed to making great care more affordable and securing contracts that reward providers for keeping patients healthy and out of the hospital.