Joint Statement from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and Lexington Medical Center

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and Lexington Medical Center have reached agreement on their contract, which will keep the medical center, its affiliated physicians and its other health care providers in the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Preferred Blue® (PPO) network. There will be no interruption of in-network coverage.

Together, we agreed to work collaboratively to improve health care quality and patient outcomes while also reducing medical expenses.

We understand the important roles that we play as providers of health care and as a health insurer, and most importantly want you to know how much we value you, our patients and members. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by our earlier inability to reach agreement.

LMC Hopes to Continue Negotiations with BlueCross BlueShield

Lexington Medical Center was disappointed to learn that BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina sent its members and employers communication on Thursday stating that beginning March 1, 2015 Lexington Medical Center facilities and all of its employed physicians will no longer be considered “in-network” for the BlueCross’ Preferred Blue (PPO) plan.

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Contrary to statements from BlueCross BlueShield, Lexington Medical Center has been working to negotiate fair and reasonable terms with the insurance provider for months, offering proposals that are in line with previous agreements and that will allow the hospital to continue providing excellent health care to the people of our community.

“Lexington Medical Center hopes to continue negotiating with BlueCross BlueShield before the March 1 deadline,” said Mike Biediger, President & CEO of Lexington Medical Center. “We hope that we can reach a mutually beneficial agreement to care for the patients we serve.”

Lexington Medical Center was surprised that BlueCross BlueShield publicly informed its members that negotiations had ended while the hospital was still in active discussions with them about the contract. In fact, the hospital thought it was very close to reaching an agreement. The substance of BlueCross BlueShield’s letter to members and employers has unnecessarily concerned members of the community, creating undue alarm and confusion. Lexington Medical Center has had a good relationship with BlueCross BlueShield for decades, and the hospital is very hopeful that an agreement can be reached.

Lexington Medical Center’s mission is to provide quality health services that meet the needs of our community, and the hospital is committed to furthering discussions with BlueCross BlueShield to best meet the needs of the patients we serve.

Mike Biediger Earns Chairman’s Award from Irmo Chamber

Lexington Medical Center President & CEO Mike Biediger earned the “Chairman’s Award” from the Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce at the organization’s annual gala recently.

The Chamber does not give the award each year. Instead, it’s only when a significant contribution is made to the community.

The plaque Mr. Biediger received states: “For your commitment to the Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce and the Irmo community for over 25 years. Your dedication and support of this chamber and community will forever be recognized.”

L to R: Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce Chairman Tom Ledbetter, LMC President & CEO Mike Biediger and Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Tiffany Boyce Heitzman

L to R: Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce Chairman Tom Ledbetter, LMC President & CEO Mike Biediger and Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Tiffany Boyce Heitzman

Mr. Biediger came to Lexington Medical Center in 1989 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He became President & CEO of the hospital in 1996, serving in the role for more than eighteen years.

Congratulations, Mr. Biediger!