A very large health insurance provider could soon no longer be accepted at Jennie Stuart Medical Center, should a compromise on rates not be worked out.
A news release from the hospital says Humana is requesting Jennie Stuart to give the insurer a deeper discount than the large one they are already receiving.
A hospital spokesperson says a letter was received in March demanding the discount be given by June 1st. JSMC Financial Services vice president Sam Brown says they have communicated a willingness to work in good faith with the provider to come to a compromise and have asked for an extension to get one done.
Brown says the medical center must protect its financial viability in a time that has been tough for hospitals, but profitable for insurance companies such as Humana. He says an additional discount would only boost Humana’s profits, while having a negative impact on Jennie Stuart.
Officials say the hospital will continue trying to work out a compromise with Humana, which is the insurance provider for state and local government employees in addition to school system employees.