Blue Cross Blue Shield Issues Notice Of Termination To Alegent Creighton/CHI

Omaha, NE~~Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska has issued a Notice of Termination to the Denver-based “Catholic Health Initiatives”, a health care provider group that includes Alegent Creighton Health facilities and physicians in the Omaha area and other hospitals across the state. 

Nebraska hospitals include Alegent Creighton Health in Omaha, Schuyler and Plainview, the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska Heart Hospital and Saint Elizabeth Regional in Lincoln, the Saint Frances Medical center in Grand Island, and St. Mary’s in Nebraska City.  Blue Cross says Alegent Creighton providers cost significantly more than others in the Omaha area and continue to ask for more annual increases in payments, which Blue Cross is not willing to do.  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska will continue to negotiate with Catholic Health Initiatives until August 31st, hoping to come to a mutual agreement.  The termination could affect more than 3000 providers in the Omaha area.