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Bon Secours Mercy Health and Anthem Medicare Advantage: The Breakup Nobody Wanted

September 11, 20232 min read

Hey folks, Family Insurance Shoppe here! If you've been keeping up with the healthcare scene, you've probably heard the buzz: Bon Secours Mercy Health and Anthem Medicare Advantage are parting ways. Yep, starting October 1, 2023, they'll no longer be in-network partners. Let's dive into what this means for you and how it might shake up the healthcare landscape.

The Quick Rundown

  • Effective Date: October 1, 2023

  • Impacted Parties: Anyone with Anthem Medicare Advantage who uses Bon Secours Mercy Health services

  • What's Next: Time to review your options, folks!

Why The Breakup?

  • Contract Negotiations: These things are like a marriage, and sometimes the couple can't agree on who takes out the trash. In corporate speak, they couldn't agree on terms.

  • Financial Strains: Healthcare isn't cheap, and both parties are feeling the pinch.

  • Quality of Care: Both organizations want to provide top-notch services, but they have different philosophies on how to achieve that.

What Does This Mean for Patients?

  • Limited Access: If you're on an Anthem Medicare Advantage plan, Bon Secours Mercy Health services will be out-of-network, meaning higher costs for you.

  • Find a New Plan or Find New Providers: Time to shop around for a new plan or new in-network providers.

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  • Paperwork: Expect to fill out new patient forms and possibly transfer medical records if you switch providers.

The Bigger Picture

  • Healthcare Fragmentation: This is another example of how fragmented our healthcare system can be.

  • Consumer Choice: On the flip side, it could force consumers to be more proactive about their healthcare choices.

Final Thoughts

Look, breakups are tough, whether it's Brad and Jen or Bon Secours and Anthem. But hey, life goes on, and so does your need for quality healthcare. Keep an eye on your mail for official notices and start weighing your options.

Until next time, stay healthy and stay informed!

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