Stanford, Lucile Packard Hospitals Agree to New Contract With Anthem
A contract between the hospitals and Anthem was terminated on Sept. 1Â (Dremann, Palo Alto Daily News, 11/2). In a letter sent to patients, Anthem said patientsÂ might have to pay higher out-of-pocket costs for treatment and could have some claims denied.
On Sept. 15, the hospitals announced they would continue to honor Anthem rates that were part of the expired contract (Eslinger, San Jose Mercury News, 11/3).
Few Details of New Contract
Neither the hospitals nor the insurer immediately provided details of the new contract.
The agreement is retroactive to Sept. 1, meaning patients will not be charged higher rates for services provided during the period whenÂ there was not aÂ contract in placeÂ (Palo Alto Daily News, 11/2).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.