Stanford Health, Blue Shield Of California Split

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Stanford Health Care and Blue Shield of California went out of network on June 29 in Santa Clara and Alameda counties.

Hospitals affected include Stanford Health Care Medical Center, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto and Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley in Pleasanton.

“While we are disappointed we have not reached an agreement at this time, both parties continue to engage working toward a resolution to continue our long-standing network relationship,” Patty Gonzalez, vice president of network management at Blue Shield, said in a July 5 news release.

Nonprofit Blue Shield of California has 4.8 million members and is the third-largest health insurer in California, behind Kaiser Permanente and Anthem Blue Cross.

“Stanford Health Care and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health are negotiating a new agreement with Blue Shield of California to continue patient access to our network of care,” a system spokesperson told Becker’s. “Everyone at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health remains focused on providing our patients and their families with the safest, highest quality care.”

“Whether or not a new agreement will be reached, Stanford Health Care and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health will continue to welcome all Blue Shield of California patients and will honor Blue Shield’s in-network out-of-pocket expenses for all services and care at our facilities. Patients and families will not experience any disruption to their care or change in the quality or cost of care.”


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