CommonSpirit’s CHI St. Luke’s ends relationship with Molina

CHI St. Luke’s Health will officially be out of network for Molina Healthcare members beginning on Thanksgiving Day, the health system announced Wednesday.

The Houston-based CommonSpirit Health subsidiary had threatened to end its relationship with both Molina and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas in October if the insurers didn’t agree to pay more for services.

CHI St. Luke’s and Molina did not reach an agreement, so they have mutually agreed to end their relationship on Nov. 25 with an effective date of Nov. 26, Vanessa Astros, a spokeswoman for the health system, wrote in an email. Patients with certain medical situations, under the Continuity of Care provision in their insurance coverage, will be allowed to continue with St. Luke’s Health, she said.

Molina and the Texas Blues did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Negotiations are ongoing between CHI St. Luke’s and BCBCTX, Astros said. CHI St. Luke’s submitted a proposal on Nov. 18 and is awaiting a response. In October, the companies said they needed to reach an agreement by Dec. 16 in order to keep their relationship intact.



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