KGH will no longer be part of Group Health Network in November - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

KGH will no longer be part of Group Health Network in November

Posted: Updated:

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Kennewick General Hospital will no longer be under the Group Health Network effective November 1, 2011.  Group Health insures roughly 30,000 people in the Tri-Cities.

Here is a written statement released by Group Health:

"Group Health and Kennewick General Hospital have been unable to reach agreement on a new contract following nearly a year of negotiations. As a result, Kennewick General Hospital will not be part of the Group Health network effective Nov. 1, 2011.

The degree to which the hospital contract affects patients depends on the type of Group Health coverage that they have. Most patients in the Tri-Cities area would pay a higher co-pay or cost share for certain procedures conducted at the hospital.

Group Health has a separate contract with KGH physicians. Patients currently seeing these physicians are not affected.
Patients have additional choices. Kadlec Regional Medical Center and Lourdes Health Network remain in Group Health's network."  ~   Michael G. Foley    APR | PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER Brand. Communications & Public Relations
Group Health Cooperative

Kennewick General Hospital released a statement as well:

"Our contract with Group Health was slated to expire on December 31, 2010. In good faith, we have continued to negotiate extending this contract without any increase in payment to the hospital and providers. In fact, the contract has been extended four times since December 31, 2010. We believed there was significant progress being made in these negotiations in order to secure a new three-year contract by the end of this year.

We believed we were close to reaching this mutually beneficial agreement until late last week, when we were shocked and disappointed to hear that Group Health made a unilateral decision to suspend our good faith negotiations. Needless to say, we cannot understand why Group Health would deny access for care to our hospital and providers.

KGH did not walk away from the negotiating table and is willing to negotiate to bring this to resolution. We have valued our partnership with Group Health and appreciate the opportunity to serve their members. As always, we continue to promote a choice for health care services in the Tri-Cities. " ~  Elizabeth Syer, Director of Marketing & Business Development
Kennewick General Hospital