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Blue Cross Seals the Deal

Posted: August 30, 2019

A contract signed in August between NorthBay Healthcare and Anthem Blue Cross includes a three-year agreement that brings both NorthBay Medical Center and NorthBay VacaValley Hospital back into the network and retains NorthBay physicians and specialists.

“Leading up to the agreement, we had to overcome difficult negotiations over contract language and some sticky details,” said Konard Jones, president and CEO. “Clearly we did not get everything we wanted, but in the end we have retained the Anthem Blue Cross patients that we have served, and we have a contract that will help us remain the health care leader in Solano County.”

The immediate impact was that the health plan members who had been seeing NorthBay physicians and specialists could again be served in NorthBay hospitals. In recent times, patients were being diverted from NorthBay to other hospitals or surgery facilities.

The new contract covers those with PPO, EPO POS and PPO/EPO plans. Those with an Anthem Blue Cross Medicare Supplement plan options A-N were not impacted by any of the negotiations.

If patients have any questions about their insurance coverage, they may contact our health plan specialist, Kelly Rhoads-Poston, (707) 646-3280, or email AskKelly@NorthBay.org.