Tuesday, August 14, 2018


The University of Mississippi Medical Center and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mississippi issued the following joint statement.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) are pleased to announce they have reached an agreement, and all University of Mississippi Medical Center facilities are fully participating in-network providers.

Blue Cross and UMMC thank Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney for his leadership in encouraging the parties to enter mediation. The parties have agreed to this limited press release and to make no further comments. Both Blue Cross and UMMC look forward to achieving their respective goals and serving Mississippians’ healthcare needs.


Anonymous said...


Left Out said...

Glad it's settled....
Now, I paid good money for this subscription, where is my matchbook covers for the week?

Franklin said...

Blue Cross is a monopolistic predator. We desperately need competition in this state.

Said With A Wink... said...

"Blue Cross and UMMC thank Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney for his leadership in encouraging the parties to enter mediation..."

Whoever penned that remark must have had a tightly clamped anus in order to hit those keyboard letters.

As if Chaney's leadership was needed and agreement was desired to begin with. It was a card game of 'sweating' each other out. Nothing more.

Anonymous said...

BC has more than 80%.

Who else has a network here?

Who does Nissan use?

Anonymous said...

United Healthcare has a network here in MS, but it ain't as good as BCBS. I'm sure Nissan and other very large employers are self-insured and use a TPA to handle claims.

Anonymous said...

1:00 Nissan uses BCBS TN

Anonymous said...

Don't think BCBS hasn't done their research. Very few if ANY other big insurance carriers even want to serve Mississippi. Why? You know why: Mississippi has the unhealthiest population in the country, other carriers don't want to lose money on a population that has no motivation to even take care of themselves. But that is changing, because BCBS is expecting better health behavior or you won't get services paid for. Simple.....and UMMC won't be able to profiteer off of so many poor people's plight.

Blood In The Waiting Room said...

"...and UMMC won't be able to profiteer off of so many poor people's plight."

False. As long as UMMC maintains it's trauma center level, has a walk in, no-pay policy for transients, bums, vagrants and people who are shot up or cut full of holes.....they will continue as the destination of the poor for decades to come.

What the hell to you suggest would change that?

Anonymous said...

@5:56 Just because they "announced" an agreement doesn't mean BCBS is going to pay for any of those things at a UMMC stipulated rate. I presume you mean that the state will have to pick up those tabs for the poor for decades to com? Well that's a UMMC decision, and likely so that they can stay in business. But the so-called 10-12% of billing UMMC reported is related to BCBS isn't going to continue at those previous rates by a long shot, and it's likely that they bill MUCH more to BCBS than their letting on. That's why it's such a secret. You can bash BCBS all you want, but they will determine future payables, and yes, if nightmarish and subpar service is being provided, then you are profiteering, and doing it off the poor to boot.

Anonymous said...

The poor are covered by Medicaid, not BCBS. Thank goodness for UMMC and Medicaid or the poor would not have access to medical care.

Anonymous said...

And UMMC's choice to treat the immense volume of Medicaid patients it does is what they use to justify billing obscenes rates to the private insurance providers to "make-up" for what they lose with the very low Medicaid reimbursements. UMMC thinks it's morally justified "because we're the only one's helping the poor!" Get real. Goods and services. Sheesh.

Anonymous said...

UMMC is a public hospital and is required to treat Medicaid patients. It has no choice. Try again.

Anonymous said...

@ 8:42am Uh, yes - being a public OR a private hospital through agreement with the federal government, they aren't allowed to turn away ANYBODY per the The Emergency Medical and Treatment Labor Act (EMTLA). But UMMC is well know for cutting corners/costs in other necessary areas and gouging insurance carriers in attempts to make up the difference. This is not new information.

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