Hartford Healthcare and Anthem renew hospital agreement

The Hartford Healthcare Corporation and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield today announced they have reached a long-term agreement to continue providing health care services to Hartford Hospital and Windham Community Memorial Hospital.

Both hospitals will continue to participate in Anthem’s networks without interruption, and the covered services provided to Anthem members by the hospitals will continue on an in-network basis.

Hartford Healthcare and Anthem have been negotiating for several months to come up with a new contract that covers the cost of providing medical care to Anthem members. The new contract is effective from November 1, 2010, but details were not released.

“We are pleased to have reached agreements with Hartford and Windham hospitals that allow Anthem and the hospitals to continue our valuable relationship,” said David R Fusco, president, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “We know that our members rely on us to balance both access to health care services and costs. This long-term arrangement will continue to provide our members with uninterrupted access to the high quality care at Hartford and Windham hospitals at a market competitive cost.”

“We believe the new contract is fair, and recognizes and reflects each organization’s commitment to this community, the patients we are both privileged to serve, and our collective commitment to quality-driven, efficient and cost-effective care,” said Elliot Joseph, president and CEO, Hartford Healthcare Corporation. “The agreements we have forged strengthen our mission to provide the advanced technology, top-level staff and comprehensive services that patients and physicians have come to expect when choosing Hartford and Windham hospitals.”

As part of the agreement, Hartford and Windham will continue to participate in Anthem’s Quality-In-Sights hospital incentive program, which measures health-care quality in order to improve patient safety.

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