CommonHealth reports that contract renewal talks between Tufts Medical Center and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts have broken down. This "could leave at least 88,000 patients in search of a new primary care doctor, reports WBUR’s Martha Bebinger. Blue Cross is alerting employers (whose employees have Blue Cross health plans) in letters today that they may no longer be able to go to Tufts."
This contract negotiation tactic by BCBS with the relatively small Tufts system practically demands a contrast with the give-away the company agreed to with the region's dominant provider group just a few weeks ago. What a warm set of press releases were issued back then, as both sides presented their deal as reducing health care costs, when it actually augmented the excessive differential in rates that had been awarded to that provider group for years.
This time, the press releases are a lot less friendly, and the parties seem far apart. Maybe the explanation is that there was just no money left after that other contract was signed.