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Deadline day for Mission Hospital & Blue Cross Blue Shield

Today is the day. If an agreement between Mission Hospital and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is not reached before midnight on October 4, 2017, thousands of patients will have to pay higher out-of-network rates if they wish to continue care at Mission.   (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Today is the day. If an agreement between Mission Hospital and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is not reached before midnight, thousands of patients will have to pay higher out-of-network rates if they wish to continue care at Mission.

Mission maintains Blue Cross Blue Shield offered them no increase in a new contract, stating they wanted to cut their contract or keep it the same. Blue Cross Blue Shield maintains Mission has some of the highest fees in the region and isn't entitled to a higher-paying new contract.

Here are statements from both sides:

"Our drugs that we buy to give to patients are going up double digits, our wages and benefits for staff are going up single digits, medical supplies are rising," Mission CEO Ron Paulus said.

"All of our attention is being focused on our members and making sure they understand the situation, understand all of the hundreds of other doctors and facilities that are in our network so they can plan for their care and their families' needs. Before, during and after October fifth," Blue Cross Blue Shield Chief Medical Officer Brian Caveney said.

Mission says people will not be impacted who come into the ER with emergency operations, but if you have a non-emergency surgery, that would potentially be an out-of-network surgery after the contract expires Oct. 5, 2017.


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