Top Mississippi hospital and insurer agree to contract terms

Mississippi's largest hospital and its largest private insurer say they've reached an agreement to end their contract dispute.

Posted: Aug 14, 2018 7:22 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's largest hospital and its largest private insurer say they've reached an agreement to end their contract dispute.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi announced late Tuesday that the medical center's facilities will continue accepting in-network rates paid by Blue Cross. That means patients insured by Blue Cross won't be responsible for paying any additional amount the medical center might demand.

In a joint press release, both sides say they wouldn't discuss the terms of their settlement. The medical center threatened to end its Blue Cross contract earlier this year, attempting to force the Flowood-based insurer to negotiate better-paying contract terms.

The sides reached an agreement after Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney appointed a mediator. Chaney didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

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