Health Care

UPDATE: It's official, members of Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC are once again back in network with Mission Health, effective Dec. 15, 2017 | More>

Blue Cross Blue Shield and Mission Health Back Together | The two giants of health care in Asheville and the region have finally come to their senses and joined hands with a new, official agreement: Effective Dec. 15, 2017, BCBS of NC, the largest health insurer in the state, is now back in-network with Mission Health, the largest hospital and provider of health care in Western North Carolina. What took "the kids" so long to play ball again? | More>


Secrets to living a long life | "Given my antiquity" advice and factual information that's useful now more than ever since Mission Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield have parted ways. | More>

Mission Hospital and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina do the unthinkable by ending their healthcare contract  | It's serious in the local healthcare industry. | More>

Mission Hospital now out-of-network for most of those who are insured by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, reports The Mountaineer at | More> 

'Mission Stands With You' — and Mission Hospital explains how its patients can continue to receive the care they need "no matter what" on its official website at | More>

U.S. News rates Mission Health as the best-rated hospital in Western North Carolina, and the 8th best-rated hospital in all of North Carolina. | More>

Healthcare coverage gap for Asheville area citizens with Blue Cross/Blue Shield policies will happen, reports Carolina Public Press at | More>

BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina applies public pressure on Mission Hospital | BCBSNC put out its official views about its relationship with Mission Hospital on its website at on July 5, 2017. | More>

Pardee CEO expresses hope for Mission and The Blues to come together and sign a new contract, reports WLOS-TV, the Asheville-based ABC Network affiliate | More>

Buncombe County Commissioners tell Mission Hospital and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina to work out a new deal. That was back in July 2017, as reported by local publisher MountainXpress at | More>


2018-2019 flu season has just arrived | The 2017-2018 influenza (flu) season in North Carolina was deadly: 342 dead | News Flash: Yes, you can get the flu twice in one year, because there are different strains of the flu. The season's flu season runs from October through May. Beware. Be safe. Be smart. Be clean. Current updates and details at More>


This year's flu season nears end, and it was nasty | Deadly news of the 2017-2018 influenza (flu) season in North Carolina: 386 dead this season from Oct. 1, 2017, to May 12, 2018, with the season's flu season considered to officially run from October through May, via More>


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