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Valley Health files suit against Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

WINCHESTER, Va. (WHSV) – Valley Health System filed suit in the Circuit Court of Winchester today against Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, now known as Elevance Health.

The lawsuit includes two counts:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Violation of Virginia Ethics and Fairness in Carrier Business Practices Act.

For two years, Valley Health contends, it has worked in good faith to quietly resolve large reimbursement issues with Anthem, long delays in payment for healthcare services delivered to its members.

“Anthem has left us no choice but to take legal action and expend resources to recoup the $11.4 million dollars in past due payments that are contractually owed to our health system, some of which are years past due,” said Valley Health President and CEO Mark Nantz.

“We will continue to do our part to serve our community and ensure patients have access to the providers and services of our health system. But we must hold Anthem—one of the nation’s largest health insurers and responsible for a large portion of Valley Health’s revenue—accountable for the harmful effects of their payment delays that ultimately impact our ability to sustain quality community healthcare services,” Nantz explained. “We will not accept Anthem’s continued avoidance of the payments owed to our health system, which limits our resources to deliver the care our patients and their members pay for, expect, and deserve.” “While we are hopeful we can resolve this expeditiously,” Nantz continued, “Valley Health fully reserves its right to issue a notice of termination if we cannot find a reasonable path to a functioning, collaborative business relationship with Anthem.”

Valley Health is a nonprofit health system serving a population of more than 500,000 in the Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, the Eastern Panhandle and Potomac Highlands of West Virginia, and western Maryland.

The system includes six hospitals, more than 70 medical practices and Urgent Care centers, outpatient rehabilitation and fitness, medical transport, long-term care, and home health.

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