Academic Urology opts out of IBC Independence Blue Cross Network

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Academic Urology Important Message for IBC Patients

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Academic Urology Out of Independence Blue Cross Network
(December 1, 2011—King of Prussia, PA) Academic Urology, the largest urology specialty medical group in Pennsylvania and largest provider of urology services to Independence Blue Cross (IBC) subscribers, is no longer a participating provider for IBC insurance plans.  Academic Urology’s current contract with IBC expired on November 30, 2011. Approximately 30,000 patients are impacted by IBC’s decision not to renew its contract with Academic Urology.

IBC  drops Academic Urology, effective December 1, 2011.
“According to our analysis, IBC’s “take it or leave it” contract offer to Academic Urology would cut our reimbursement by 38 percent from the rates the insurer agreed to pay in our most recent four year contract”.

“A reduction of that magnitude does not allow us to provide the quality care necessary for our patients.  Unfortunately, IBC continually declined to negotiate despite our repeated requests and an outcry from hundreds of patients.  We feel the insurer has put its business interests ahead of patient care.”

Academic Urology Opts  Out of Independence Blue Cross Network
Academic Urology, the largest urology specialty medical group in Pennsylvania and largest provider of urology services to Independence . Dispute as an Independence Blue Cross relationship ends
Philadelphia Business Journal
IBC says it is open to discussing a pay-for-performance contract with Academic Urology. Academic Urology,  the largest urology group in PA
http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2011/12/01/dispute-as-independence-blue-cross.html
Academic Urology out of Independence Blue Cross
Academic Urology, the largest urology specialty medical group in Pennsylvania and largest provider of urology services to Independence …

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