Commentary: Labor Law Provides Possible Solution to Hospital Disputes with Insurance Companies
By Ben Litchfield
Families in our area – mine included – are experiencing a considerable amount of fear and anxiety as Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (“Anthem”), the largest commercial insurer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, continues to fight with the Mary Washington Healthcare System (“MWHS”) over insurance coverage. The hospital system ended its contact with Anthem because it believes that it is not being compensated fairly. The insurance provider, in response, argues that the hospital system is trying to raise prices several times higher than the rate of inflation. This dispute is nearly identical to the clash between Cigna and MWHS in May 2021 that ended up with Cigna being considered out of network for six months until the two companies could reach a compromise.