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Willis-Knigton Health System and BCBSLA reach agreement

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SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

A settlement was reached between the Willis Knighton Health System and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Thursday.

Blue Cross members can continue to count Willis-Knighton physicians as part of their Blue Cross and HMO Louisiana networks.

Both Willis Knighton Health System and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana released statements Thursday:

Executive Vice President for External Operations and chief medical officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Dr. David Carmouche said: "In this new healthcare environment, negotiations are no longer simply about reimbursement amounts, but about how we can work together to bring the most value to our mutual members. At Blue Cross, our team of doctors, nurses and healthcare analysts now have extensive cost and quality data. We use this data as the foundation of our negotiations. This ensures the negotiations are about rewarding quality, not quantity."

President and CEO of Willis-Knighton Health System James K. Elrod said: "Willis-Knighton physicians have a long and positive history of providing quality care in our region and we value our relationship with the Blue Cross members. We are pleased that Blue Cross recognized the importance of giving its members in-network access to the most comprehensive array of providers in our region, all dedicated to addressing the health and wellness of residents here in Northwest Louisiana."

Details of their agreement have not been released.

But had a deal not been reached, thousands of Willis Knighton patients insured by Blue Cross of Louisiana would have either had to pay for care out of pocket or find a new doctor.

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