Objective Health reached a deal with health insurer Cigna prior to their agreement lapsed.
The Asheville hospital system reach a deal with the insurer on October 30, simply shy of the November 1 due date.
The multi-year agreement guarantees that all Cigna patients will remain in-network. This deal covers Mission Health, a running division of HCA Health care, which includes the surrounding five rural hospitals. Only Objective Hospital remained in threat of going out of network.
Negotiations for the offer were revealed at the beginning of October, according to the Asheville Citizen Times. A
joint news release from the 2 companies explains:
“Both Objective Health and Cigna are pleased to reach arrangement on the shared goal of ensuring that individuals of Western North Carolina have access to the budget-friendly, quality healthcare they need.”
Negotiations in between hospitals and insurance companies are a scary fact of life for patients.
In 2017, Objective Health ran out network with Blue Cross Blue Shield for just over 3 months after their contract lapsed and a deal could not be reached.
In April, Duke LifePoint Hospitals in Jackson, Haywood and Swain counties were out of network with UnitedHealthcare for about 4 months while the companies negotiated for a new agreement.
The whole Mission Health system was bought in February by HCA Health care for $1.5 billion dollars.
Updated November 1 to clarify that just Mission Health center had the capacity of going out of network. The deal does not impact the other parts of Mission Health.