Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield's Reimbursement Rates Raise Concerns From Specialists

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 12:00 am  

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield said the lower reimbursements to specialists encourage the use of family practice doctors. (Photo by Michael Pirnique)

Starting Jan. 1, ABCBS will pay physician specialists 15 percent less for the same procedures done by non-specialists, such as family practice doctors, for patients who bought policies through the new health insurance exchange, she said. The new fees won't apply to the carrier's current commercial policies or group plans.

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