Blue Cross, Texas Health Resources heal rift
Just two weeks before more than 1.3 million North Texans would have been forced to scramble for new doctors, the region's largest insurer and largest hospital system agreed late Friday on new contracts.
The multiyear agreement will allow Texas Health Resources' 24 hospitals, 18 outpatient facilities and physicians to remain in the network of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.
For several weeks the Arlington-based hospital system and Richardson-based insurer took public stabs at each other as they neared a Dec. 31 deadline to sign a new contract covering reimbursement rates. After that date, Texas Health could have been considered out-of-network for Blue Cross members.
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