12-18-07 Local Brief

Covenant, Blue Cross sign contract
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico will once again be “in-network” with Covenant Medical Group Physicians and Joe Arrington Cancer Center Physicians in Lubbock after an agreement was reached earlier this month, according to a BCBSNM press release.

The agreement came about after Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas reached agreement with Covenant officials, opening the door for BCBSNM patients to return as in-network. The agreement was effective Dec. 1, according to the release.

People in eastern New Mexico with BCBSNM coverage were still able to see Covenant doctors practicing in New Mexico as well as Covenant’s hospitals and clinics in New Mexico and Texas in-network, many had been unable to visit specialists in Lubbock in-network since the contract dispute arose earlier in the fall.