Independence Blue Cross is currently in negotiations with Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). As of now, no agreement has been reached and contracts between the two are set to end October 1, 2016.
What could this mean for members? In the event that the agreement with LVHN ends:
LVHN will no longer be a part of the Independence network as of October 1, 2016.
All Independence members seeking emergency services may still access covered services at LVHN without disruption through the BlueCard® program.
PPO members may still access non-emergency covered services at LVHN through the BlueCard network without disruption.
HMO and POS members will continue to have access to other respected in-network primary care and specialist physicians and hospitals in their community, such as St. Luke Health System.
HMO and POS members currently in treatment for a chronic or acute medical condition or undergoing maternity care may request consideration for an exception with their physician to allow for continuity of care in the event that the treating physician is no longer participating in the Independence network or has yet to secure staff privileges at a network hospital.
Letters will go to affected members as the deadline approaches if no agreement is reached. Stay tuned for more information.
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