Kettering Health Network & Kettering Physician Network’s Contract Expiring

Kettering Health Network and Kettering Physician Network’s contract with Cigna is expiring in June.

One of the largest healthcare networks in the region is set to end its relationship with a health insurer in June, if new terms aren’t reached.

Kettering Health Network and Kettering Physician Network’s contract with Cigna (NYSE: CI) will be expiring June 14. If the parties cannot reach new terms by this date, Kettering Health Network hospitals and Kettering Physician Network providers will be considered “out of network” with all Cigna plans beginning June 15, according to a letter from the health network to patients.

“For an extended period of time, Kettering Health Network and Kettering Physician Network have been in discussions with Cigna regarding new contract terms for the care we provide to our patients who have Cigna insurance coverage,” the letter reads. “We believe you have a right to know about how your access to care may be affected so you can make informed decisions about your health care.”

If this agreement expires, patients covered by Cigna can still receive care from the network’s nine area hospitals, 12 area emergency centers and more than 700 physicians and practitioners. But, beginning June 15, these patients could experience reduced benefits from Cigna. In addition, patients set to receive ongoing care or have already scheduled future treatment from the health network may be able to receive care from their physician by requesting approval for continuation of care through Cigna.

Cigna is a global health service active in 30 countries and jurisdictions, with more than 95 million customer relationships across the world. The health insurer also staffs more than 40,000 employees, according to its website.

Kettering Health Network is one of the region’s top companies with a 2018 revenue of $1.75 billion. The network staffed 8,909 local employees and 9,647 employees total in 2018, according to DBJ research.

 

— Dayton Business Journal

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