BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, the BlueChoice HealthPlan and Nason Medical Center have come to terms that will keep the urgent care facility within the insurance company's primary care network, giving customers another option for in-network emergency health providers.
The announcement ends months of concern about whether customers of the insurance giant, the only South Carolina-owned and operated health insurance carrier, would have to pay completely out of pocket if they chose to visit Nason over a traditional hospital emergency room after the fall.
"Nason's leadership demonstrated a good faith effort in working with us to address cost concerns," Jim Deyling, president of the private business division of BlueCross, said. Deyling called the agreement good news for members.
"We have been on the record as saying that our fundamental obligation is to balance access and cost on behalf of our membership. It is always a challenge and today's evolving health care environment makes fulfilling that obligation even more complicated," Deyling said. In this case however, working together, we achieved an outcome that is in the best interest of our membership. We appreciate the willingness of Nason's leadership to work with us, and their commitment to affordable patient care."
"Nason Medical Center is pleased to be able to continue serving the BlueCross community of the Low Country," Dr. Barron Nason said. "We have found BlueCross to be honest and fair in our discussions. Now we can get back to focusing on urgent care that is fast, friendly and affordable."
Nason has five locations in the Greater Charleston area that are designed and equipped for urgent care with short wait times for "a fraction of the cost of emergency rooms," the company's website states. The site says Nason has served more than a half-million customers since it opened its doors in 2005.