The teaching hospital of Valhalla and Empire no longer have a contractual agreement effective 11/1. This effects the commercial product and not the Medicare plan – MediBlue.
This comes up on the heels of the rancorous recent dispute between Empire and Stellaris Hospital Systems which was finally resolved after 5 months without a contract. Disputes like these are becoming industry wide- see Hospital Contract Non-Negotiation. Unusually, the dispute between Empire and Westchester Medical Center came as a rather surprise without the typical 11th hour press releases by both parties.
Size matters when it comes to these disputes. Empire is still #1 insurer with close to 5 million members. While the hospital serves the Westchester community and is a vital resource they do not have the scale as the 4 member hospital like Stellaris Hospital Systems which includes Phelps Memorial, Lawrence Hosp, White Plains Hosp, and Northern Westchester Hosp.
More info on Empire Blue Cross’s position can be reviewed here. We are awaiting further the hospitals position to share with clients and partners. For more customized information and how to navigate this please contact us:
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