Hospitals sue Blue Cross Blue Shield over payments

June 20, 2013 10:27:02 AM



JACKSON -- Ten Mississippi hospitals claim in a breach-of-contract lawsuit that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi shortchanged them by more than $13 million in improperly reduced inpatient payments for a range of medical services. 


The suit, filed Tuesday in Hinds County Chancery Court, contends Blue Cross Blue Shield reduced its inpatient payments to the hospitals, each owned by Health Management Associates, by rewording certain sections of its policy manual to reflect those changes instead of negotiating any payment adjustments with the hospitals. 


The lawsuit seeks to recover the amount it says the hospitals have been underpaid. 


The Clarion-Ledger reports Blue Cross Blue Shield would not comment on the allegations.