If you have health insurance through Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and receive care at Graves-Gilbert Clinic in Bowling Green you can continue that care with no change.
The insurance company and the clinic reached a new two-year contract which begins on January 1, 2010.
The dispute which centered around the level of reimbursement for patient services put the clinic at risk of losing its coverage next year.
So the agreement is good for the clinic and its patients.
"This is a good agreement, it will last two years, it will keep the patient continuity flowing. Patient care was not interrupted. I know there was some angst in the community created more by rumors and things than actual facts but we've been working tirelessly to get this contract in place," says Christopher Thorne, Graves-Gilbert CEO.
More than One million Kentuckians receive health coverage from Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield.
Official Press Release from Graves Gilbert Clinic:
Bowling Green KY -- Graves-Gilbert Clinic, a 65 physician multi-specialty medical group in south central Kentucky, has reached a new two-year contract with Anthem, beginning January 1, 2010. The agreement resolves an ongoing dispute concerning Anthem’s level of reimbursement for services provided to patients by Graves-Gilbert physicians. “We would like to thank all the patients and employers who supported us through the negotiation process. We are heartened that there was not an interruption in patient care,” said Graves-Gilbert CEO, Christopher Thorn. “Many of you have been our patients for years. We are honored by your trust in us,” said Thorn.
According to Thorn, the Clinic is proud of the impact it has had on the region for nearly 75 years: “Many people don't understand the benefits of having a physician group the magnitude of Graves-Gilbert Clinic in their community. Graves-Gilbert reinvests in the area by job creation, better healthcare through new technology, and by supporting numerous community initiatives.” The Clinic’s effort to serve the community does not end there.
Thorn explains. “Graves-Gilbert Clinic is centrally located in Bowling Green, KY, the heart of the Barren River Area Development District (BRADD). The Federal government has classified this area as a Medically Underserved Area (MUA), meaning there is a shortage of physicians to take care of the patients. In 2008 Graves-Gilbert Clinic successfully initiated a recruitment effort called Great Physicians for our Great Communities and has successfully recruited 16 new physicians this year to support and help meet the community’s health care needs.”