West Orange, N.J.-based RWJBarnabas Health might leave Hartford, Conn.-based provider network of Aetna if the 2 parties fail to agree on reimbursement amounts, NJ.com claims.
Aetna informed 45,000 policyholders this month they will have to pay more for care at RWJBarnabas Health if negotiations between the payer and provider dissolve. A 2-year contract between Aetna and RWJBarnabas is set to expire on the day of April 22.
Aetna spokesperson Walter Cherniak Jr. said that RWJBarnabas seeks “significant rate increases we don’t believe can be supported in the market,” but Aetna “continue[s] to expect we can find a place where we can agree.”
RWJBarnabas, comprised of eleven acute care hospitals, said Aetna’s notification was a “routine” communication payers send thirty days before a contract’s expiration.
“RWJBarnabas Health and Aetna sustain to negotiate with the desire to develop a new contractual agreement,” RWJBarnabas spokesperson Ellen Greene claimed in a statement. “It is our aim and expectation that a new contract will be reached with Aetna before our current contract expires on the day of April 22. Aetna sufferers can still get services at all RWJBarnabas Health facilities as contract negotiations continue.”
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