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Polk Medical Center continues to negotiate with Blue Cross/Blue Shield

071514 11:40 a.m.

Contract negotiations are continuing between Blue Cross/Blue Shield officials and Polk Medical Center with the latest deadline set for Aug. 31, according to a statement on the hospital’s website.

The two companies have been at an impasse since April 2012 when Polk Medical Center became a part of the Floyd health care system.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield rejected a contract to extend coverage to the hospital, meaning that all services for Blue Cross Blue Shield customers are out of network, with the exception of emergency care.

According to the statement, the insurance carrier sent a proposal to hospital officials last month, but hospital officials determined that the proposal was “not in the best interest of its patients.”

The hospital has made a counter offer and has given Blue Cross/Blue Shield until Aug. 31 to respond.

All Floyd Primary and Urgent Care offices, including those in Polk County, are considered in-network by Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Additionally, Blue Cross/Blue Shield patients have in-network coverage for emergency care at Polk Medical Center, according to the statement.

Many of Polk County’s largest businesses including Polk County Schools, the Hon Company, the City of Cedartown and Polk County government employees use Blue Cross/Blue Shield as their provider. 

A new hospital is under construction and is expected to be completed sometime this fall.