Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Won’t Cut Hospital Payments
Posted Jan 27 2009 5:43pm
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) has come to an agreement with local hospitals that they will not lower reimbursement payments, reports Retha Colclasure of KFYR Bismarck. In order to save money, the insurer had sought to reduce payments to health care providers without contract renegotiations. The North Dakota Insurance Department blocked such a move.
Decreased payments from insurance companies make hospitals tighten their budgets, possibly resulting in fewer services being offered. For example, St. Alexius hospital would have suffered a $300,000 monthly deficit, Retha claims. Sometimes, hospitals may even refuse to treat patients under certain insurers because of what they consider inadequate compensation. Thankfully, North Dakota health insurance customers will no longer have to worry about that.