Anthem Urges Stanford Health Care to Extend Contract for Two Weeks

Anthem urges Stanford Health to extend contract

Anthem Blue Cross of California on Monday asked Stanford Health Care to agree to a two-week extension of its terminated contract at existing rates so both sides can continue negotiations.

Stanford and Anthem have agreed to terms on the next two years of a contract, but Stanford is seeking a third year.

Stanford did not say if it accepted Anthem’s proposed extension.

Stanford Health Care, which runs Stanford Hospital and its clinics, ended its contract at midnight Sunday. The contract affects 10,000 of the health insurance giant’s South Bay customers who Anthem said are now without in-network coverage in the health system.

But James Larkin, spokesman for Stanford Health Care, said the system would continue to honor any in-network co-payments for all patient services and care.

Anthem recently agreed to a contract with Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and that hospital is not affected.

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