By: Andy Fitzpatrick
As the Sunday deadline nears for Bronson Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to work out a contract, it’s not clear if any progress has been made.
In January, the Enquirer reported that Kalamazoo-based Bronson, which operates Bronson Battle Creek hospital among several other facilities in southwestern Michigan, was negotiating a new contract with BCBSM. That contract would continue in-network coverage for inpatient and outpatient services at Bronson hospitals.
BCBSM sent a letter to customers in January saying that coverage of Bronson services could be considered out-of-network by Feb. 15. Only commercial BCBSM and Blue Care Network insurance plans are affected; Medicare supplement plans are not.