NGHS, Anthem announce new 2-year extension

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Georgia have okayed a new two-year agreement with the health system’s facilities.

This includes all Northeast Georgia Medical Center hospitals, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group practices, Urgent Care locations, Georgia Heart Institute locations, Laurelwood, long-term care facilities and other outpatient facilities – guaranteeing continued access for Anthem members with employer-based health plans. 

“We are pleased at the collaborative nature of the discussions and at the willingness of both parties to work together to ensure our patients have certainty about their access to services at NGHS,” said Steve McNeilly, chief operating officer of population health and vice president of managed care operations for NGHS. “Because of this new agreement, our community can confidently choose Anthem when they enter open enrollment this fall.”

“We are pleased to have extended an agreement that continues to make quality health care accessible for our members across Northeast Georgia,” said Robert Bunch, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Georgia. “We value our collaborative relationship with NGHS as we work together to tackle healthcare affordability and improve lives and communities for the Georgians we mutually serve.”

Still unresolved, however, is the months-old dispute over a new contract between NGHS and United Healthcare.