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Concerned

Johnson City, TN

#1 Apr 3, 2013
Did anyone see the article on WJHL that said MSHA may lost their contract with BCBS as of June? This is exactly what happened with Cigna last year!!!! What is the deal with a hospital system that doesn't take anyone's insurance!!!!! Ridiculous.
Well

Johnson City, TN

#2 Apr 3, 2013
I don't see that happening. State employees have 2 choices for insurance..BCBS or Cigna. Many companies have BCBS only. That's it. That would mean you'd have nowhere in Johnson City to go for healthcare.
myopinion

Jonesborough, TN

#3 Apr 4, 2013
MSHA is probably going to get rid of BCBS and force companies around the area to have to get their insurance, Crestpoint, so their employees will be covered. They are that kind of company...greedy,manipulating and dictating. I hope everyone will go to Wellmont!
Yuck

Johnson City, TN

#4 Apr 6, 2013
I got a letter yesterday from
Bcbs that MSHA is no longer in network as of June. This sucks bc I just got this insurance & am just switching to MSHA drs. Im not worried about finding drs, but the hospital thing is extremely upsetting as proximity to JCMC was a consideration in our home purchase due to medical issues that require ER at times.

I'm definitely canceling my Nyswonger pledge. I also don't think we should keep allowing MSHA to use our community resources such as winged deer for their fundraisers any more.

MSHA may not have control over BCBS, but they did have control when they actively blocked Wellmont hospitals from coming in. It seems they only cared about our community until they had their monopoly rights secured.
Rageagainstthema chine

Johnson City, TN

#5 Apr 6, 2013
It's true, June 1st BCBS will no longer be accepted at MSHA. MSHA is just keeping up appearances by saying they are In negotiations.....it's a done deal.
Traveler

Johnson City, TN

#6 Apr 6, 2013
Rageagainstthemachine wrote:
It's true, June 1st BCBS will no longer be accepted at MSHA. MSHA is just keeping up appearances by saying they are In negotiations.....it's a done deal.
So the monopoly will have us all by the short hairs!
Just saying

Mount Juliet, TN

#7 Apr 7, 2013
MSHA claims it is about losing money and they are worried about new healthcare legislation that will decrease amount of pay they will receive for providing healthcare yet they have the money to buy out Erwin hospital and compensate Erwin and Unicoi counties and build them a new fancy hospital. They have bought their own insurance company and two pharmacies and their employees are getting screwed with new insurance starting in July and they will be paying extremely high rates and if they smoke or don't take a health risk
assessment they have to pay even more plus have a high deductible. Nurses are working short staffed, never have supplies they need to take care of patients and are being dominated by a monopoly that is trying to tell them what they can and can not do on the job and in their personal life. If they do not comply they will be penalized financially. Ive heard all about it from people working there and it is a down right shame. It's like do my way or no way we own everything what are you gonna do about it. Patients are the last thing on these greedy money hungry minds and the people working for them feel unappreciated and feel care is inadequate because there is simply no help.
ANON

Johnson City, TN

#8 May 7, 2013
Yuck wrote:
I got a letter yesterday from
Bcbs that MSHA is no longer in network as of June. This sucks bc I just got this insurance & am just switching to MSHA drs. Im not worried about finding drs, but the hospital thing is extremely upsetting as proximity to JCMC was a consideration in our home purchase due to medical issues that require ER at times.
I'm definitely canceling my Nyswonger pledge. I also don't think we should keep allowing MSHA to use our community resources such as winged deer for their fundraisers any more.
MSHA may not have control over BCBS, but they did have control when they actively blocked Wellmont hospitals from coming in. It seems they only cared about our community until they had their monopoly rights secured.
****tHAT'S ONLY IF THEY DON'T REACH AN AGREEMENT BY THE END OF JUNE. JULY 1ST YOUR COVERAGE THERE WOULD BE CHANGED, IF AN AGREEMENT IS NOT MADE
Shopper

Johnson City, TN

#9 May 7, 2013
Yeah, it was really funny to get the Crestpoint Insurance letter two days after getting the Blue Cross letter. Anyone with Crespointe Insurance will not have coverage if they travel anywhere. Blue Cross does have coverage nation wide. Like my friends, I trashed the Crestpoint info.
community watch dog

Wesley Chapel, FL

#10 May 7, 2013
Sounds like everyone needs to boycott unless it is an emergency situation. Once there bottom line is hit hard enough they will either go under or negotiate. I know it is a major inconvenience but as consumers we do have a say so in this process. If that is to radical petition them to death.
msha employee

Kingsport, TN

#11 May 7, 2013
i believe the featherheads of msha are running the whole system in the ground. they are going down to running 7 rooms in the OR instead of hiring new nurses or giving overtime at jcmc. the OR is 9 nurses short and they mentioned last week there is going to be a layoff. they didnt call it a layoff but they said people with poor performance reviews or been wrote up are going to be sent elsewhere or let go. also last week all prn staff were told they didnt have a job there anymore. i think its kinda funny how when the surgery tower was announced it was suppose to bring in 1000 new jobs but it instead they are cutting jobs left and right and reducing hours and lowering morale. i could go on but im sure ive already said more then anyone wants to read.
ANONYMOUS

Nashville, TN

#12 May 8, 2013
Once again people are talking out their backsides without knowing all of the information. First, BCBS failed to mention that they are asking MSHA to take a duble digit cut in reimbursement rates. We're talking a multi-million dollar pay cut. You try to keep all of your employees when you aren't making any money. Second, I noticed that no one on here has mentioned that BCBS has already publicly announced that they are raising the premiums for it's members by 30%. Now do the math.... BCBS is asking MSHA for a paycut of atleast 10%(probably closer to 20%) and they are raising your insurance rates by 30%. That's a 40-50% profit increase for BCBS. Who's the bad guy here?
ANON

Nashville, TN

#13 May 8, 2013
I don't wok in healthcare but I used to. Just as an FYI... it's the insurance companies that are dictating the cost of health care NOT hte hospitals. What the hospital actually bill you is not what they receive. For example, I recently had a medical bill that was for $100k+ but the insurance company dictated that they will only pay $8000 and that the hospital has to eat the rest. The $8000 barely covers the cost of the physician's fees and medical supplies. I have no doubt that the hospital took a loss on this. Don't get me wrong, I think the high cost of healthcare is ridiculous but to blame the hospitals is just wrong. Its the insurance companies that are the problem. Remember... the insurance companies are FOR PROFIT-PUBLICLY TRADE (sometimes)-NEED TO MAKE MONEY TO APPEASE INVESTORS-PAY OUR CEO MILLIONS OF $$$$-companies that expect not-for-profit hospitals to give away care for less than cost. You guys are getting mad at the wrong people. The hospitals have to make enough money to at least meet their operating costs. If they can't that means layoffs and cutting services. ANONYMOUS is right I think I would be looking at BCBS as the bad guy in this one.
Gem

Johnson City, TN

#14 May 8, 2013
I am not going to allow my family to be steered into the Crestpoint plan MSHA implying they will no longer be working with Blue Cross. But I'm not taking any chances either, I'll call AARP or Humana.
Orderly

Sevierville, TN

#15 May 8, 2013
GO WELLMONT!!!!!
Bubba

Jonesborough, TN

#16 May 8, 2013
And this is just the beginning of Obamacare...
shafted

Johnson City, TN

#17 May 8, 2013
Has our Congressional Representative, Dr. Phil Roe had any comments on this issue, which will be affecting so many of his constituents?
Fred

Nashville, TN

#18 May 9, 2013
It is not in MSHA's best interest to stop doing business with BCBS. How many people in the region have BCBS that go to MSHA - 20,000-30,000? If they are no longer in the BCBS network, how much money would they lose? Do you have any idea how many people they would have to layoff without BCBS? They are going to fight as hard as they can to keep BCBS. To think otherwise is just plain naive.
BNS

Nashville, TN

#19 May 9, 2013
This is absurd! People are blaming MSHA for BCBS' greed! Has anyone bothered to actually do their homework and find out the truth behind all of this? I did. ANONYMOUS from Nashville, TN hit the nail on the head. This is all about the money for BCBS. They are trying to pad their pockets and make the hospital the villian in all of this. Someone please explain to me why MSHA shouldn't be upset when a company like BCBS comes to them and expects them to take a LOSS on every BCBS patient and then have BCBS raise their subscriber premiums by 30%? This is a money grab by BCBS! Wake up people!!!
BNS

Nashville, TN

#20 May 9, 2013
ok...I'm not in Nashville. I'm in Johnson City! What wrong with this site?

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