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We have a deal: Parkview Health, Anthem agree on new contract

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - It was down to the wire, but Parkview Health and Anthem have come to an agreement on a new contract.

Thousands of people were at risk of having to pay higher costs for care.

If the hospital network and the insurance company didn't come to an agreement, Anthem subscribers would have to pay out-of-network prices for any services at Parkview facilities.

This new multi-year agreement will give Anthem members with continued in-network access to all Parkview Health providers and facilities.

“It was of the utmost importance to us that our patients have uninterrupted access to the Parkview physicians, care teams and facilities they trust,” said Mike Packnett, President and CEO, Parkview Health. “Parkview has been focused on delivering the best care at the best cost, as we know it’s what our region’s patients and employers expect and deserve. As caregivers, we are grateful we can continue to provide high-quality care for every member of our community.”

“This agreement accomplishes what healthcare consumers want most—high quality care at an affordable price,” said David Lee, M.D., Vice President of Health Solutions for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “We listened to our customers and kept their concerns about healthcare affordability at the forefront during these contract discussions. We’re pleased to continue our partnership with Parkview Health and recognize the important role they play in the delivery of quality care to our members.”

READ MORE: Patients anxious about Anthem-Parkview deadline

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

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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