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Tenet, Cigna contract negotiations may leave Brookwood Baptist Health ASC patients without in-network coverage: 3 details

Brookwood Baptist Health patients could lose in-network insurance coverage at ASCs and hospitals unless Tenet Healthcare and Cigna reach an agreement, the Birmingham Business Journal reported.

Here are the key details:

1. The contract between Tenet Healthcare and Cigna expires at the end of the year, with the insurer and health provider discussing the new contract, but not yet coming to a decision. Cigna's demands for reduced payment rates are a major point in the negotiations for Brookwood Baptist.

2. The loss of in-network coverage would potentially affect 230 physicians employed by Brookwood Baptist Health; about 2,500 Cigna customers have received services from the health network's providers in the past 18 months.

3. Cigna cited Tenet's desire for a national contract instead of state-based agreements as a key negotiating factor.

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