Doctors say no new patients until the contract is fixed...due to a 4 percent recent cut in rates..BD

The state's largest commercial insurer and one of Central Indiana's largest physicians' practices are showing few signs of backing down from their battle over what doctors are paid for their services.

This month, American Health Network, which has about 160 physicians at 50 locations in Indiana, won't see any new patients insured by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield at two of its offices -- Kokomo and Russiaville -- unless reimbursement payments are increased.

The practice claims Anthem's rates have declined about 4 percent in the past few years and now barely cover costs.

The physicians' practice said the drop in Anthem's payments comes as people covered by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield face steadily rising premiums.

New medical battleground: physician reimbursements |


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