Springfield Clinic may be out-of-network for patients with Blue Cross

Springfield Clinic may be out-of-network for patients with Blue Cross

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Production Manager Travis Steele inspects long john doughnuts Tuesday to ensure they meet production specifications at the Mel-O-Cream production facility in Springfield. Mel-O-Cream officials say slightly more than half of their workers and their families could lose access to Springfield Clinic doctors as a result of the contract dispute between the clinic and Blue Cross and Blue Shield. [Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register]

Springfield Clinic began telling 100,000 of its central Illinois patients Wednesday to prepare for potentially higher out-of-pocket costs because the clinic probably will lose its in-network status for Blue Cross and Blue Shield preferred-provider plans.

Emails will be sent out to patients first, followed by letters in the mail, clinic spokesman Zach Kerker said.

The Springfield Clinic email is in response to a contractual dispute between the clinic and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois over rates paid to doctors and other health care providers at the clinic.

First reported by The State Journal-Register in June, the dispute would result in all Springfield Clinic providers being considered out-of-network for services that Blue Cross members obtain Aug. 19 and beyond at the clinic’s Ambulatory Surgery and Endoscopy Center in Springfield. Then on Nov. 17, all of the clinic’s more than 600 providers would be considered out-of-network.



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