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Parkview Health, Anthem negotiations continue as deadline looms

PARKVIEW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER GENERIC

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - If Parkview Health and Anthem don't make a deal by midnight Thursday, thousands of people may have to pay higher costs if they decide to continue to seek care at Parkview Health facilities.

With the two-day extension, the existing contract will now expire Thursday, July 30 at 11:59 p.m.

ABC21 is monitoring the situation and will provide updates on air and online as soon as we learn more.

READ MORE: Patients anxious about Anthem-Parkview deadline

“We’ve made progress, but both sides felt it was important to take more time to try to work through our differences rather than allowing the contract to end tonight at midnight,” said Mike Packnett, president and CEO, Parkview Health in a release Wednesday.

“We will continue our discussions in earnest, working to avoid significant disruptions for our patients and area employers.” 

Anthem says Parkview is demanding "unsustainable prices that have the potential to put healthcare out of reach for the average person."

The current agreement pertains to all Parkview providers and facilities in Indiana.

Barring another extension or agreement, Anthem customers will pay significantly more for services provided by Parkview Health medical staff or facilities.

It would affect thousands across the region, though exact figures have not been publicized.

The two companies first noted the impasse in February and have held numerous meetings in the months since.

Parkview Physicians Group providers based in Ohio are not impacted and will remain in-network for Anthem members, Parkview said in a release.

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Kayla Crandall

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