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Impasse could affect health coverage for Blue Cross patients at OU Medical Center

The deadline for Blue Cross Blue Shield and OU Medical Center hospitals to reach an agreement is midnight Friday.
by Paula Burkes Published: February 28, 2014

“We are optimistic an agreement will be reached before Friday’s deadline,” Coppenbarger said. “Our BCBSOK-insured patients depend on our unique services that are important and necessary for our community — services other hospitals do not provide, such as comprehensive pediatric services in the only free-standing children’s hospital in Oklahoma, the highest-level neonatal intensive care unit, air ambulance service for critically ill newborns and the many medical specialties that ensure the highest level of healthcare for our children at a moment’s notice.”

Coppenbarger said OU Medical System also provides the highest level of trauma services with round-the-clock specialties, comprehensive care, surgical and medical trauma surgeons on site with state-of-the-art equipment capable of treating the most severe and critical injuries.

“OU Medical Center Trauma One serves patients from the entire state. We also have an elite comprehensive stroke center and cutting-edge cancer services — the list goes on,” he said.

Emergency care will be available regardless of insurance plans, Coppenbarger said.

by Paula Burkes
A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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We understand that any disruption of the hospitals and doctors in our network is cause for concern for our members.”

Ted Haynes,
President of

Blue Cross

Blue Shield of Oklahoma


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