BCBSNE Issues Notice of Termination to Alegent Creighton/CHI

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), a not‐for‐profit insurance company owned by its members, has issued a Notice of Termination to Denver‐based Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI)—a health care provider group that includes Alegent Creighton Health facilities and physicians in the Omaha area, and other hospitals across the state.

CHI is affiliated with 3,000+ Omaha‐area providers, and owns several Nebraska hospitals, including: • Alegent Creighton Health (Omaha, Council Bluffs, Schuyler, Plainview) • Good Samaritan Hospital (Kearney) • Nebraska Heart Hospital (Lincoln) • Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center (Lincoln) • Saint Francis Medical Center (Grand Island) • St. Mary’s Community Hospital (Nebraska City)

The notice began a negotiation period through August 31 to reach a payment agreement for health care services received by BCBSNE members

“For more than 75 years we’ve been an integral part of Nebraska’s health care community, and we are continually working to protect the financial security of our members,” said Lee Handke, a senior vice president at BCBSNE. “While other providers have worked with us to reduce or hold the line on costs, Alegent Creighton providers, in particular, cost significantly more than others in Omaha—and they continue to ask for annual increases.”

During the negotiation period, BCBSNE members will continue to have in‐network benefits when visiting any CHI facility or affiliated physician.

“Alegent Creighton has been a valuable member of the Omaha community, but the actions of CHI have made it challenging to reach an agreement in the best interest of our members,” Handke said. “We remain hopeful we can reach an agreement before the August 31st deadline. The contracts we negotiate with our providers directly impact what we all pay for medical care. Our goal is to do everything we can to help control health care costs for our members.”

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska has established a dedicated website at www.nebraskablue.com/update and a telephone hotline (844.286.0855) to provide members with upto‐ date information and address any questions.



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