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As you know, The University of Mississippi Medical Center has been diligently committed to negotiations with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi to reach a new agreement. We are disappointed to report that Blue Cross made the decision to force UMMC out of its network and allow our commercial health plan to expire.
Effective April 1, 2022, patients with Blue Cross commercial health plans, which are typically provided through an employer, may now face higher out-of-pocket costs when seeking care through UMMC facilities and employed providers. A signed patient-responsibility acknowledgment form is required before your next appointment or before any services are provided. After scheduling your appointment, we will send you the form through MyChart, our electronic health records system. This form acknowledges your understanding that UMMC will not accept payment from Blue Cross for any elective services and that we will not accept assignment of benefits or written direction of payment from Blue Cross.
Please note that patients with Blue Cross insurance through the Mississippi State and School Employees’ Health Insurance Plan are not impacted by this change.
The out-of-network status has far-reaching implications beyond Jackson, affecting our patients’ care statewide. UMMC-connected care is provided at approximately 200 hospitals, clinics and telehealth sites across the state.