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Fri Oct 13, 2017, 02:28 AM

Vanderbilt Makes A Deal With Cigna To Keep Obamacare Patients

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has cut a deal with Cigna to keep seeing Obamacare patients in Middle Tennessee. The region's largest hospital was just weeks from being out-of-network for Nashville-area residents who buy health insurance on the federal marketplace.

These negotiations between health care providers and insurers take months, going back and forth over how much will be paid for particular procedures and how chronic patients will be handled most efficiently.

Vanderbilt, which offers more specialty care than most hospitals in the region, still hadn't come to an agreement in recent weeks with Cigna and faced being off-limits to tens of thousands of people. Cigna is one of the two insurers that will offer Obamacare coverage next year in Middle Tennessee.

Hospital CEO Wright Pinson says Vanderbilt always wanted to serve those patients, which is why he continued working toward a solution.

Read more: http://nashvillepublicradio.org/post/vanderbilt-makes-deal-cigna-keep-obamacare-patients

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