Monthly Archives:February 2015

Lexington Medical center to remain in network for Preferred Blue network

24 Feb , 2015,
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Please note, this does not pertain to plans purchased thru the Marketplace!

Lexington Medical Center to Remain in BlueCross Preferred Blue® Network

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and Lexington Medical Center (LMC) have agreed to a new contract that keeps LMC and its affiliated physicians in BlueCross’ Preferred Blue® (PPO) network.There will be no breaks in service. Members may continue to seek care from LMC facilities and doctors at the in-network benefit level as set by their health plans.

BlueCross and LMC also agreed to work collaboratively to improve health care quality and patient outcomes while also reducing medical expenses.

We will notify our employer group leaders of this update later today via email and attach a copy of the member letter they can copy and distribute to their employees. We will also send an email to our members with individual plans, if we have their email addresses. All other individual plan members will receive letters via the U.S. Postal Service.

Healthcare.gov ISSUES: 2-14-2015

14 Feb , 2015,
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We just received the following operations notice from the Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding a Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) system disruption:

 

“Starting at 8:53 AM ET, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) verification services via the Federal Data Services Hub have been experiencing disruptions. When IRS verification services are unavailable, consumers seeking financial assistance may complete an application but will not be able to receive an eligibility determination. Rather, they will have to save their application and return to Healthcare.gov to complete the process when the IRS services become available.

Consumers who have already completed their application are not affected and may continue to shop for and enroll in a plan. Further, consumers who are not seeking financial assistance are not affected.

CMS support teams are working diligently on the resolution and will notify you when the IRS verification services are once again available.

Thank you for your patience.”

Bluecross Blueshield of South Carolina network expansion!

12 Feb , 2015,
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Chester Regional BCBS

Chester Regional Medical Center is now in the BCBS network!

 

Effective immediately, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina has added Chester Regional Medical Center and Gaffney Medical Center to the 2015 provider network for BlueEssentials individual and family health plans. This addition includes the hospitals, the hospital-based physicians and hospital-owned physician practices for both medical centers.

This addition includes the hospitals, the hospital-based physicians and hospital-owned physician practices for both medical centers.

The network now includes more than 13,000 providers. It also includes 64 of the 66 hospitals in South Carolina.View an updated map of hospitals in the network. Or search the updated 2015 BlueEssentials network onwww.SouthCarolinaBlues.com.