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Fairview and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Reach Contract Agreement for Clinics and Hospitals

Friday, August 22, 2008 General News J E 4
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MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 21 Fairview and BlueCross and Blue Shield of Minnesota have reached an agreement on a contractthat allows Fairview clinics to remain as participating providers in all ofBlue Cross' provider networks. The Fairview clinic contract was set to expireat midnight on Friday, August 22, 2008. Agreement was also reached for theFairview hospitals to remain as participating network hospitals with the BlueCross network. The hospital contract was not set to expire until October 28,2008. The contracts are in effect through the end of 2009.

"We are pleased that an agreement has been reached. We wanted to avoidany disruption in care for our patients and have been committed to finding asolution that allows us to make appropriate investments so we can continue toprovide exceptional patient care and service," said Mark Eustis, President andCEO, Fairview. "We had many good and thoughtful discussions that helped usdevelop a mutually acceptable contract."

"We know that our members and customers will be pleased we reached anagreement that keeps Fairview providers and facilities in our contractednetwork, and also that we were able to make progress in keeping health caremore affordable," says Colleen Reitan, President and Chief Operating Officer,Blue Cross and Blue Shield. "There was a lot of hard work and time spent increating the agreement and both parties worked diligently to assure thatpatients and members had uninterrupted care and coverage."

Blue Cross members can continue to receive care at a Fairview clinic orfacility with uninterrupted coverage. Members can find more information athttp://www.bluecrossmn.com or by calling the customer service number on theback of their I.D. card. Fairview also has information athttp://www.fairview.org.

SOURCE Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
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