Mission Health and BCBSNC

Mission Health recently announced that they will be ending their contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC. This will have a massive impact on the cost of health care for people in all of western North Carolina. Read our coverage and analysis in the articles linked to below. 

Mission Health's Full Page Ad Says "You Pay Too Little" 

Remember that time your local grocer took out a full page ad in all the major newspapers to proudly announce they were raising their prices on everything? You don't? Maybe because that's a crazy thing for any business to do. So how come that's exactly what Mission Health did this weekend. Read more...

Mission Health’s $400 million project

In 2015 the City of Asheville approved a site-plan for a 12-story, 681,000 square-foot Mission Health medical tower. It will include new operating rooms and an emergency department and could potentially be the largest construction project in Asheville — ever. Read more...

Mountain maternity wards closing, WNC women’s lives on the line

Mission will provide birthing services only at its locations in Asheville and Marion. That means women in rural counties will have to drive at least 20 miles to give birth and — if they want to be able to see the same providers in the delivery room they saw throughout their pregnancies — to get prenatal care. Read more...

Mission Health blames lack of Medicaid expansion for financial woes

In early 2013, in an article titled “Hospitals: Block of Medicaid expansion jeopardizes care in NC” Paulus said that the lack of Medicaid expansion means that Mission must shift costs to paying patients. Basically this means that insured patients, such as those with Blue Cross NC, are taking on the extra costs that uninsured patients can’t pay. Read more...

Why are hospitals like Mission so expensive?

Did you know there are 5,564 registered hospitals in the U.S., according to the American Hospital Association? (This includes federal hospitals, long-term care hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, institutions for mental illness, and substance abuse rehabilitation hospitals.)

But how much are they costing us?

The short answer: SO MUCH MONEY.

Does Mission really need to increase your rates to provide higher wages?

In case you haven’t heard yet, Mission Hospital is terminating its contract with Blue Cross effective October 5. Why? In short — Mission wanted to raise its rates and Blue Cross pushed back. (You can read all the details here.)

Mission cited the desire to increase wages for its employees as one reason why it needs to raise its payment rates. Read More...

Mission Health’s relationship with Blue Cross kaput? This is big.

On July 5, Mission Health announced that it plans to end its contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.  Mission Health is the biggest hospital system in Asheville, which is the largest city in western North Carolina.  BCBSNC is North Carolina’s biggest health insurer.

So, this is a big deal.

NC's Mission Health System Pulls Out of Blue Cross

Mission Health System in Asheville, North Carolina recently announced that it will be pulling out of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC insurance network effective October 5, 2017.

Here's what Blue Cross has to say about it.

Here's what Mission Health has to say about it. Read more...

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