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LAW ELEVATED — Blue Cross policy dispute battle revisited

In terms of governmental policy disputes, the 2013 battle between a private hospital chain, Health Management Associates, and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, was epic in proportions. What began as a contract dispute between two major corporations quickly escalated, eventually involving the governor, the commissioner of insurance, the attorney general, the Legislature, and a federal district court. The ...

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Blue Cross Blue Shield expects new owner of HMA's Mississippi hospitals to help control costs

Community Health Systems of Franklin, Tenn., has completed its acquisition of Hospital Management Associates in a $7.6 billion deal that gives CHS ownership of 12 of HMA’s former Mississippi hospitals and medical facilities, including four in metro Jackson. The transaction creates the nation’s second largest for-profit hospital chain by revenue, with more than 206 hospitals in s in 29 states. ...

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Gov. Bryant may prefer Legislature instead of courts to face BlueCross

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON, Mississippi – Gov. Phil Bryant may not be ending his battle with BlueCross & BlueShield, but instead may be moving the contest to a different venue – a political venue where he has more expertise – the Mississippi Legislature. Bryant, for whatever reason, decided last week he did not want to fight insurance company BlueCross in ...

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Blue Cross contract impasse with HMA may create opening for other insurers

» Other plans more than happy to step in, says head of Mississippi Association of Health Plans The market’s invisible hand eventually will decide the outcome of a nearly two-month standoff between Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi and Health Management Associates over provider reimbursement levels. In the meantime, executives of Mississippi’s other health care insurers will have their eyes on new ...

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Rejection of Blue Cross offer to reinstate 4 hospitals as in-network hardens HMA impasse

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi reacted with puzzlement to Health Management Associates rejection Wednesday of the insurers’ offer to reinstate in-network provider status to four HMA hospitals. HMA said Wednesday it could not accept terms that included pre-certification for in-patient admissions of Blue Cross policyholders. Blue Cross said it found that objection surprising since the pre-cert condition is ...

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Miss. lawmakers hear about BlueCross-HMA dispute

Emily Wagster Pettus JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers say they hope the state’s second-largest hospital company and largest health insurer will resolve a financial dispute before patients lose care or facilities close. Health Management Associates, a Florida-based company that owns 10 Mississippi hospitals, sued Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi in June, saying that the insurance company broke contract terms ...

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