Forget your frickin’ network

News Item: Still no deal between Integris and Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Without it more than 150,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield members may have to find a new doctor October 24th and Integris will be out of network August 31st.

Newspaper ad, August 9th:

Bill Shock ad by BCBSOK

The war of words escalates, as it seemingly always does.


  1. McG »

    10 August 2017 · 9:59 pm

    On the one hand, BCBS is a bean-counter, not a medical care provider, so its pressure on medical care providers is shady.

    On the other hand, medical care providers have become so blasé about billing precisely because of third-party payer that of course they’re inflating their bills. They don’t even know when they’re recommending treatment options how much those options are going to cost.

    Everyone is so disconnected from the dollars and cents of health care — except the insurers — that I honestly can’t blame insurers for the occasional boot-to-the-neck treatment. It’s one set of crooks against another, and the one that is better at math is always going to have the advantage.

  2. Roger Green »

    11 August 2017 · 5:38 am

    Almost had that between St Peter’s Providers, which includes my primary AND my daughter’s, and Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan. Even got a letter from St Pete’s is NOVEMBER, right when I had to pick a plan for the following year. They came to an agreement, but I was nervous for 2 months.

  3. fillyjonk »

    11 August 2017 · 3:44 pm

    why does this remind me about the cable company that issues Dire Warnings about how “important channels” might be taken away and then a month later says they have solved that problem as your bill goes up $15?

  4. CGHill »

    11 August 2017 · 6:08 pm

    Whenever they say “It’s not about the money,” it’s about the money.

  5. The Other McCain »

    11 August 2017 · 8:34 pm

    In The Mailbox: 08.11.17

    Dustbury: Forget Your Frickin’ Network

  6. CGHill »

    11 August 2017 · 11:19 pm

    BCBSOK has apparently sent out letters to the effect that it’s over between them and Integris.

  7. Joe »

    12 August 2017 · 4:59 am

    My provider had a similar pissing contest with CVS — the mighty drug chain. Now they will not pay for any meds purchased from CVS. I had to move all my scripts to rival Walgreens.

    CVS was two blocks away. Walgreens is in the next town. That is not so far as it sounds here in suburbia, but still, a pain for us who are on the whip end of the fight.

  8. CGHill »

    12 August 2017 · 12:20 pm

    As did mine. However, drug-store density is absurd in this town. Within half a mile of me are a Walgreens (5120) and a pair of CVS stores (5025 and 5400). (In between are a Presbyterian church at 5101 and a Popeye’s at 5200. All needs met within walking distance, if you can actually walk.)

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