After July 1, 2022, Corpus Christi Medical Center hospitals may no longer be participating providers in the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) commercial and Medicare networks.

The management teams of Corpus Christi Medical Center hospitals are working diligently to prevent this from happening. We are actively negotiating in good faith to reach an agreement with BCBS. Our goal is to reach a compromise with BCBS so you and your family can continue to have convenient access to the quality healthcare services available at Corpus Christi Medical Center hospitals and other sites of care throughout Corpus Christi.

In the event a compromise cannot be reached by June 30, 2022, our facilities will no longer be part of the BCBS provider network. This means that as a BCBS member, effective July 1, 2022, you may either not have coverage for non-emergency medical services at our facilities, or you may be required to pay higher out-of-network co-pays and deductibles for those services.

 Patients may still be able to receive in-network coverage from BCBS in certain circumstances, including:

  • Treatments previously authorized by BCBS
  • Prenatal care, delivery and postpartum care past 24 weeks
  • Treatment of terminal illness
  • Treatment of a disability or acute condition if the treating physician believes not continuing care at our hospital could cause harm

Whether or not we are able to reach an agreement with BCBS, all patients, including those with BCBS insurance, are able to receive emergency services at our hospitals.

Committed to the care and improvement of human life, Corpus Christi Medical Center is one of the leading healthcare providers in the region and is part of the HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division which is the largest and most preferred across Rio Grande Valley, Corpus Christi and the Houston surrounding areas with 16 hospitals, 10 ambulatory surgery centers and 18 CareNow Urgent Care locations. Our facilities are in-network with major managed care insurers/networks.

For information about your coverage for services at our facilities, please call the telephone number located on the back of your BCBS insurance card. By removing Corpus Christi Medical Center from their offering, BCBS is significantly reducing the value of their insurance to its members. For that reason, you are encouraged to contact BCBS, advise them that it is important to you that Corpus Christi Medical Center remain in-network and encourage them to come to an amicable agreement with Corpus Christi Medical Center.

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

I received a letter about my Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) health insurance. What does this mean for me?

On June 30, 2022, our contract with BCBS will automatically expire unless a new agreement is reached before that time. While we are negotiating in good faith, if a new agreement is not reached as of July 1, 2022, our facilities will no longer be part of the BCBS provider network. This means that patients with BCBS insurance may either not have coverage for non-emergency medical services at our facilities, or BCBS may require them to pay higher out-of-network co-pays and deductibles for those services.

Will my family and I have access to your hospitals' emergency services?

Yes. Regardless of what happens with the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) negotiations, everyone with BCBS insurance still has access to our facilities for emergency services. . Our facilities, physicians and nurses are here for anyone who needs help in an emergency.

What will happen if an agreement is not reached?

If a new agreement is not reached, then as of July 1, 2022, our facilities will no longer be part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) provider network. This means that patients with BCBS insurance may either not have coverage for non-emergency medical services at our facilities, or BCBS may require them to pay higher out-of-network co-pays and deductibles for those services. Emergency care is available regardless of insurance plans. While BCBS represents a portion of the total admissions to our hospitals, all other major managed care insurers/networks in the area continue to contract with us.

Our primary concern is that members of our community have access to quality health care.

Is this just about money and profits?

No. We want to continue our relationship with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), but it is critical that we are able to agree upon a reasonable contract that allows us to continue to provide quality healthcare.

Will I have to change doctors?

You will need to contact your physician's office directly.

I'm already preregistered to deliver my baby at your hospital in July. Can I still go there?

If you have Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance, the delivery of your baby should be covered at a Corpus Christi Medical Center facility if you are at least 24 weeks pregnant as of July 1, 2022.

I am undergoing chemotherapy/breast reconstruction surgery/any multi-phase treatment at your hospital. Will I still be able to continue my treatment at your hospital?

As far as we know, you will be able to continue treatment you have already started this year at our hospital that was previously authorized by Blue Cross Blue Shield. You may wish to contact your BCBS plan directly to find out if we can continue to provide the next phases of your treatment planned for after July 1, 2022.

Is Medicare Advantage impacted by this contract negotiation?

Yes. Our Medicare Advantage contract with BCBS is scheduled to expire on July 1, 2022.

If I purchased my insurance plan through the Federal Marketplace, will my coverage be affected?

Yes. If a new agreement is not reached, as of July 1, 2022, our facilities will no longer be part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Advantage provider networks. This means that patients with Blue Advantage insurance may either not have coverage for non-emergency medical services at our facilities, or BCBS may require them to pay higher out-of-network co-pays and deductibles for those services. Emergency care is available regardless of insurance plans.