As of April 11, 2022, the Health Resources & Services Administration (“HRSA”) is now offering providers who missed the original Provider Relief Fund (“PRF”) reporting deadlines the opportunity to request the ability to report in compliance with the PRF Terms and Conditions. Request submissions for Reporting Period 1 are due by Friday, April 22, 2022.
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As 2017 drew to a close, some health plans and healthcare providers across the country were still busy trying to finalize contracts for in-network services for 2018 and beyond. A number of negotiations made the headlines in 2017, highlighting ongoing and emerging issues affecting network contracting.

We recap for you some complex deals: in June, UnitedHealthcare and University of Chicago Medicine reached an agreement just a few weeks before the provider was scheduled to go out-of-network;[1] in September, CarePoint Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (“Horizon”) reached an agreement to bring CarePoint in-network, putting an end to CarePoint Health’s federal lawsuit against Horizon for $76 million in unpaid out-of-network bills;[2] after months of negotiations, and a failure to meet an October 1 deadline to keep services in-network, Anthem and Hartford HealthCare reached an agreement in November to continue in-network services at Hartford’s Connecticut medical centers;[3] and, at the beginning of December, Mission Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina reached a new in-network agreement after a six-month long dispute.[4]
Continue Reading ‘Twas the Season to Contract? A Year-End Review of Network Negotiations and Billing Disputes