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Anthem Deadlocked with Martha Jefferson ER Doctors over Rates

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A midnight deadline is looming between some doctors at Martha Jefferson Hospital and the largest health insurance company in the state.

One out of three Virginian's relies on Anthem, and part of what it covers may be different by Saturday morning.

Anthem insurance and Piedmont Emergency Consultants - the group that staffs Martha Jefferson emergency rooms - are deadlocked in negotiations over rates.

Friday at midnight, the existing contract between Anthem and PEC expires. At that point, Anthem insurance members will be paying out of network, which is a higher cost than in-network prices for those doctors' services.

Dr. Ricciardi, an emergency room physician at PEC, remains hopeful a deal can be worked out.

"Today is our last day of participation with Anthem. If we don't hear from them - and we are still very hopeful we are going to hear from them so that we can start the negotiation process - barring any communication from Anthem we will be out of network with them," Ricciardi said.

Ricciardi says there has been no movement and no direct communications since the ER physicians demanded an initial rate increase.

All Martha Jefferson services and procedures throughout the hospital and in the ER - except for the rates of the ER doctors - will remain in network with anthem.

Martha Jefferson emphasizes the only thing this rate increase affects is patient bills for emergency room doctor services.

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