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Blue Cross signs with AVH

Eben Harrell

Aspen Valley Hospital announced last week that it has signed a contract with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association health insurance company.

As of Dec. 15, AVH officially became a provider in the Blue Cross network, a move that officials say will increase its ability to recoup expenses and make AVH a more convenient option for Blue Cross patients.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield patients were some of the hardest hit by the recent billing and collection problems at AVH. Without a hospital contract with Blue Shield, the burden of payment was on Blue Cross patients, according to AVH Chief Financial Officer Terry Collins. When hospital bills were sent out late, it often became an inconvenience for patients to arrange payments from Blue Cross.

“It’s a win-win situation,” Collins said. “We can now bill Blue Cross directly so patients aren’t stuck in the middle of the collection process. And the percentage of bills we can collect will also go way up.”

Around 6.5 percent of the hospital’s revenue comes from patients insured by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.