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More added pressure for patients ...

Posted Nov 10 2008 4:24pm

More added pressure for patients...BD 

"I'm not going to go any longer with physicians who are not associated with hospitals in our network," Weimer said. "I've made the decision."

Cigna HealthCare of Arizona is canceling its contract with doctors in the John C. Lincoln Health Network, forcing what could be more than 4,000 Cigna enrollees to find new physicians.

Those doctors sent letters to patients saying they no longer will be able to accept Cigna insurance as of Aug. 8. In the letter, doctors say they believe Cigna is canceling coverage to pressure John C. Lincoln hospitals to negotiate a new contract with the insurer.

The two sides also are at odds over whether John C. Lincoln doctors are referring patients outside Cigna's circle to Lincoln's two Phoenix hospitals.

It's unclear how long Cigna and the network have been without a contract. Cigna says it's been eight years, while Lincoln officials say it's been more than 20.

Thousands of Cigna enrollees forced to find new doctors - The Denver Business Journal:

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