Don't Lose In-Network Access
October 26, 2019
Don’t Lose In-Network Access
Regence Blue Shield of Idaho insurance plans will no longer be “in-network” with St. Joseph Regional Medical Center or our physicians as of January 15, 2020.
We are working in good faith to ensure your continued access to the providers you know and trust. If we are unable to reach a new, fair agreement with Regence Blue Shield of Idaho, you will no longer have “in-network” access to St. Joseph or our physician group, which means you may see higher costs of care.
What this means for Regence Blue Shield of Idaho Patients
St. Joseph and our physician group participate in a number of Medicare Advantage plans that provide “in-network” access to our services. Review your options during the Medicare annual enrollment period (October 15 through December 7). During the open enrollment period you can change plan or return to original Medicare and obtain a Medicare Supplement plan to cover deductibles and coinsurance.
Call the Medicare Insurance Helpline, serviced by MedicareCompareUSA at 855-643-8137 (Mon-Fri: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to review the Medicare plans accepted by St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. The helpline service is free and offers personalized assistance to help you compare and enroll in a Medicare Advantage or Supplement plan that is part St. Joseph network.
Commercial Insurance Patients
Reach out to Regence Blue Shield of Idaho regarding continuity of care for your plan.
While you are speaking with your Regence Blue Shield of Idaho representative, urge them to negotiate a fair contract to remain “in-network” with St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and our employed physicians.
If you have employer-sponsored coverage, talk to your employer about going with a different insurance plan for 2020.
If you purchased your coverage through a broker, he or she may be able to assist you in identifying a plan that is “in-network” with St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and our employed physicians.
Our Commitment to You
We consider it an honor and a privilege to care for our community and are aiming to ensure all patients have access to the care they need, when they need it and from the providers they rely on regularly. Ensuring that we can continue meeting the community’s healthcare needs is a top priority in our discussions with Regence Blue Shield of Idaho.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience you may experience. Please know that we are actively working toward a resolution and will continue to keep you updated as we move forward.
MedicareCompareUSA is an independent insurance agency not affiliated with the federal Medicare program. St. Joseph Regional Medical Center receives no financial benefit when patients utilize the services of MedicareCompareUSA. All services are provided at no cost and without obligation, and Medicare beneficiaries are free to contact each Medicare plan directly, work with any qualified insurance agent, or access Medicare plan information by calling 1 (800) MEDICARE or online at www.medicare.gov.
About St. Joseph Regional Medical Center
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, part of LifePoint Health, is the largest full-service regional Medical Center between Boise and Spokane providing advanced-level specialty healthcare. Our commitment to providing safe, exceptional care for our community means having highly skilled and certified physicians on our healthcare team and a quality facility with the latest in medical technology. St. Joseph has more than 120 board-certified physicians and providers, active in both primary care and specialty practice. We seek to enhance the quality of life of the citizens we serve in our local communities through the promotion of health, by assuring compassion, sharing knowledge, providing technology, and communicating a love for what we do. St. Joseph Regional Medical Center – Making Communities Healthier®.