OU Medical, Blue Cross reach contract agreement

Multi-year contract keeps OU Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital and OU Medical Center Edmond in BCBSOK networks.
by Paula Burkes Modified: February 28, 2014 at 9:26 pm •  Published: March 1, 2014
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OU Medical System and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma on Friday afternoon announced they’d reached an agreement on a multi-year contract which will keep OU Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital and OU Medical Center Edmond in the provider networks of Blue Cross.

“We are very pleased that we are able to continue our longtime relationship with BCBSOK (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma),” said Chuck Spicer, president and chief executive of OU Medical System. “We recognize the value their network brings to our patients and are proud to be a part of the network. Together, our services provide valuable options for our patients.”

Ted Haynes, president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, said “The doctors and facilities of the OU Medical System play an important role in the delivery of health care in Oklahoma. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma shares a similar goal of providing access to cost-effective, quality health care in Oklahoma, and I'm very pleased that we were able to reach an agreement today on behalf of our thousands of mutual patients and members.”

Deal finally reached

The 11th-hour agreement was reached after stalled negotiations between Hospital Corp. of America, which governs OU Medical System with the state, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma became public.

Thursday, Haynes said Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma was prepared to help its members deal with problems that might arise from the failure of the two entities to come to an accord.

After inking the new contract, the entities on Friday issued a joint new release noting that “both sides worked diligently throughout the entire process to come to terms that are satisfactory to both parties.”

by Paula Burkes
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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 are very pleased that we are able to continue our longtime relationship with BCBSOK.”

Chuck Spicer,
President and chief executive of OU Medical System

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