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Blue Cross and Blue Shield Network Status Update

On March 31, 2022, the contract between UMMC and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi that covers care provided to Blue Cross commercial health plan members through UMMC ended. UMMC hospitals, clinics, physicians and other providers are now out of the Blue Cross network.

The two sides are actively negotiating on a new contract with the hopes that UMMC will soon again be an in-network Blue Cross provider.

* Please note, for emergencies, you can always access UMMC at any time to receive the care you urgently need and deserve. Emergency-based care is processed and billed as in-network.

Coverage Update

For patients who have received services at UMMC since the April 1, 2022, we have held bills in the hopes that we would soon reach a new agreement with Blue Cross to bring us back into its network so that we could have claims reprocessed at in-network rates. Since the previous contract ended, we have required patients to sign an acknowledgement form that explains that they may be responsible for the full cost of their visit or services rendered.

If you receive a bill and believe there is an error, please call us at 601-496-0008.

* It is important to note that patients with Blue Cross insurance through the Mississippi State and School Employees’ Health Insurance Plan are not impacted by this change.

What You Can Do

We understand this situation is stressful. We are here to help you through this period.
Here are some things you can do:
Never delay care and understand that you may have options for your coverage to keep UMMC as an in-network provider.

Regardless of our network status with Blue Cross, you will always have access to our emergency rooms at UMMC. You can and should visit the nearest emergency room if you experience a medical emergency.

If you are an employer that wants to ensure in-network benefits to your employees for UMMC-based care, we partner with most major payors for commercial health insurers including those listed below:
• Aetna
• CIGNA
• Humana
• UnitedHealthcare

You can see a full list of the commercial insurers we are currently in network with here.

If you are an employer and have questions, please contact our Director of Managed Care Kelly Drosihn, at kdrosihn@umc.edu or 601-815-9664.