Marin Independent Journal
MarinHealth Medical Center will terminate its contract with Anthem Blue Cross if it can’t reach agreement on new contract terms with the insurer by Sept. 15.
If the contract lapses, patients who are insured by Anthem Blue Cross might have to pay higher out-of-network rates if they have procedures performed at Marinhealth Medical Center.
For example, Dr. Peter Eisenberg, founder of Marin Cancer Care, said that normally his practice relies on MarinHealth for laboratory tests, imaging and radiation therapy. Eisenberg said if the contract is terminated, he will look to Novato Community Hospital to provide the lab tests and imaging for patients who are insured by Anthem.
“Novato Community Hospital is relatively convenient,” Eisenberg said.
However, he said he would have to send Anthem patients out of the county for radiation therapy, because there are no alternatives in Marin.