FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Hundreds of patients of Parkview Health could soon be searching for a new health care provider.
According to a post on the Parkview Health website, the health care network said Anthem of Indiana has chosen to terminate its contract. The contract between Anthem of Indiana and Parkview Health will end on April 29.
“This decision by Anthem will put all Parkview physicians, caregivers and services out-of-network on April 29, 2020 unless a new agreement can be reached,” the post reads. “If this occurs, Anthem will consider all Parkview caregivers and services out-of-network, and Anthem-insured patients could see higher costs.”
Parkview said in the post it was “deeply disappointed” with Anthem’s move, but added it was working to reach a solution. Anthem said in its own statement that it, too, was working with Parkview on a contract.
As part of the normal course of business, we are negotiating in good faith with Parkview Health in an effort to reach a new contract, and the talks are continuing. The businesses and consumers we serve in northeast Indiana have expressed their concerns about increases in the cost of healthcare, and we take those concerns very seriously as we work to negotiate a fair contract that protects affordability. Both sides are communicating regularly in an effort to reach an agreement prior to the deadline of April 29. It is important to note that at this time there is no change in our network or in our members’ access to care from Parkview Health.Anthem
Parkview customers expressed concern on a WANE 15 Facebook post about the news. Some are concerned about the affordability of their healthcare if they choose to continue using Parkview out-of-network. Others, like mother of three Rachel Kerns, are worried about how easily they would be able to find doctors they like and trust with hundreds of families in the area also looking for a new health care provider.
“The doctors are already overloaded with caseloads,” said Kerns. “There’s a constant need for nurses and doctors as it is now. All of us, my entire family have doctors there at Parkview. We’ve always had fantastic care. All these people, patients like us, we’re going to need a new doctor, pediatrician, you name it.”
Parkview Health encouraged patients to call Anthem and ask them “to protect their in-network access to Parkview Health caregivers and services.”