Anthem and Akron Children’s Hospital reach deal on reimbursement rates


Anthem and Akron Children’s Hospital reach deal on reimbursement rates

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Anthem has reached an agreement with Akron Children’s Hospital over reimbursement rates 11 days before area patients could have been left without coverage.

Karen Richter, vice president of managed care for Akron Children’s, said the hospital and Anthem had been in contact nearly every day.

“We are pleased that we were able to reach an agreement with Anthem so we could remain accessible to all of the Anthem-enrolled patient families who rely on our services and providers,” said Karen Richter, vice president of Managed Care at Akron Children’s Hospital. “We’re happy our patient families will still be able to access their trusted physicians and have the peace of mind the continuity of care will provide.”

The agreement is good news for a number of parents who had been concerned about negotiations.

Richter said she had been receiving calls from concerned parents daily about the issue.

Anthem had been in negotiations with Akron Children’s for several months, said Kim Ashley, spokeswoman for the company.

“We are committed to continuing those discussions and hope we can reach agreement in time to avert a network disruption. We want to keep Akron Children’s Hospital in our networks,” she said.

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