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Ascension Texas, Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas reach agreement, hospital system says


Editor’s Note: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas has not confirmed an agreement has been reached.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Ascension Texas and Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas reached an agreement, which means the contract for services between a major hospital system and one of the state’s biggest insurance providers will not end on Jan. 31, according to a release from Ascension. BCBSTX has not confirmed an agreement has been reached.

KXAN asked Ascension if the agreement has been signed but it could not specify if that had occurred. It stood by its original statement that “a new agreement” has been reached. BCBSTX latest statement as of Jan. 12 said “we continue our negotiation talks with national representatives at Ascension Seton.” KXAN will update this story with an updated statement when it is available.

Ascension Texas said there would also be no interruption in access for BCBSTX members at Ascension facilities. 

The agreement covers hospital, hospital-based clinic services and ambulatory surgery centers, the release states.

“Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas (BCBSTX) members will continue to have in-network access to all Ascension providers, including Ascension Seton, Ascension Providence, hospital-based clinic services, Dell Children’s Medical Center, Ascension Medical Group practices and select joint-venture facilities,” Ascension Texas said.

The agreement was said to ensure the Central Texas community could continue to access quality care with Ascension.

“We want to thank our patients, providers, caregivers, employers and other leaders for their continued support and trust as we deliver personalized and compassionate care to Central Texas,” the release said.

Ascension’s announcement comes the same day nurses planned to gather in Austin for a vigil, highlighting complaints including understaffing. On Tuesday, Ascension and Central Health announced they were suing each other related to healthcare services in Travis County. Ascension Texas also confirmed layoffs in the state this week.


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