Insurance rep expects quick fix for SageWest ERJan 19, 2017 By Daniel Bendtsen, Staff Writer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming plans to "expedite" the process to bring the emergency rooms at SageWest hospitals back in network, officials at the insurance company said this week.
Wendy Curran, a vice president at Blue Cross Blue Shield, said she spoke Wednesday with officials at TeamHealth - the Tennessee-based group that has contracted to provide ER services for SageWest since 2013.
TeamHealth's agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield expired this year after the insurance company refused the health care company's request for a rate increase.
TeamHealth has since agreed to the original rates.
"We're thrilled they've decided to come back on board," Curran said, adding that with an expedited process, a new contract could be completed in "a matter of days."
Blue Cross Blue Shield had originally considered a lengthy re-credentialing process for TeamHealth physicians, but Curran has agreed to forego that idea.
TeamHealth representatives have said they won't "balance-bill" patients for the amounts that Blue Cross Blue Shield doesn't pay in the interim. Curran said her company also won't bill its members for the service, so patients should not see an increase in charges.