WVHA yet again seeks hospital contract with AdventHealth

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The West Volusia Hospital Authority is once again seeking a hospital contract with AdventHealth, nearly 10 months after the hospital system declined to sign a new contract.

During the WVHA commission meeting Thursday night, Andrew Murray, with the hospital authority’s insurance company EBMS, said they are currently working with AdventHealth to have a contract signed by the end of next week. 

“AdventHealth is going to see our patients; they are in a position to sign an agreement with us,” Murray said. “I am confident they are going to sign that.”

Questions sent to AdventHealth were not returned by the time of publication. No one from AdventHealth spoke during the discussion of the hospital contract. 

AdventHealth’s 20-year contract with the WVHA expired last September, and when the two entities couldn’t agree on new terms, the hospital authority was left without a hospital contract to serve its health card holders. 

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The WVHA is asking for the same terms as before, according to Murray. This includes paying 85% of the Medicare rate; that the health care system does not bill the patient further following payment by the WVHA; that health card holders receive a referral for the hospital services; and card holders submit the claim within 90 days. 

The WVHA had previously been paying AdventHealth 125% of the Medicare rate, but when the contract ended, the WVHA said it only wanted to pay 85% of the Medicare rate for non-emergency services.

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