Deadline extended 48 hours for contract negotiations between MCG Hospital and Clinics and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia

 

Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia insurance have extended the deadline for negotiations on an existing contract.

The contract was to be terminated at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, but it has been extended 48 hours while both sides try to reach an agreement, said MCG spokeswoman Christen Carter.

MCG leaders were supposed to travel to Atlanta on Wednesday to continue the negotiations on new rates, but after a midmorning change in plans, Blue Cross Blue Shield representatives will come to Augusta today.

“Both sides are hoping to reach an agreement before (the deadline),” Carter said.

The standoff began several months ago because MCG said rates have been unchanged since 2003, but Blue Cross contends that the health system’s doctors have received higher than market rates.

The health system set an initial termination date for the contract in January, but has extended it several times while trying to reach an agreement.

Patients with Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance were told about three weeks ago that they might not be able to use MCG or its physicians if contract talks break off.

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