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, and it's about time.
The two giants of health care in Asheville and the Western North Carolina region have finally come to their senses and joined hands and jumped over the broom again: 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.
It took two months for the two "kids" who took their respective balls home with them on Oct. 5, 2017, to regain their economic senses (i.e., become adults again), as well as rediscover their sense of duty to serve the very people who pay them to take care of their health, and in some cases, their very lives — not to mention their financial well-being.
The official word of the new agreement from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina at Bcbsnc.org: More>
Questions answered about the new agreement, compliments of BCBSNC for the benefit of their customers, but will the breakup happen again?: More>
Official joint statement of Mission and Blue Cross of NC playing ball again together, via Mission: More>
Citizen-Times.com December 5, 2017, article by Dillon Davis about the new agreement between Mission and BCBSNC at Citizen-times.com: More>
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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. Everybody thought the two largest healthcare organizations in Asheville and Western North Carolina — Mission Hospital and BCBSNC, the provider and the insurer — would come together at the last minute just before a contract deadline. However, this year, the seemingly impossible break actually happened. | More>
Mission Hospital now out-of-network for most of those who are insured by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, reports The Mountaineer at themountaineer.com | 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 mission-health.org | 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 carolinapublicpress.org | 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 mediacenter.bcbsnc.com 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 mountainx.com. | More>
Return to Blue Cross in-network with Mission again