Public Notice: As of September 1, 2019, Dominion Pathology Associates will no longer be an In Network provider for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Why are we taking this step?-
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield made a unilateral decision to alter our reimbursement rates for pathology services and notified us on May 30, 2019. These proposed reductions in reimbursements are reductions of up to 65% of what we currently receive for many of the routine services rendered. These drastic reductions in reimbursement for services would be financially unsustainable for our company. Anthem BCBS has been our healthcare insurance carrier for many years, up until this situation arose. They recently notified us that our group health insurance premiums would be increased by approximately 15%. We do not think that this is the right way to conduct business and we have chosen a new insurer for our company.
What does this mean to you?-
This will have minimal effect on your out of pocket expense as compared to an In Network provider. We have decided to bill patients of Anthem BCBS the same rate that we would charge those that are uninsured. We understand that this decision may cause some hardship for our customers – our patients. We are mindful that medical care is expensive and if these rates are a burden on you please do not hesitate to contact us. Should you have any questions or concerns with our upcoming changes to the Anthem BCBS agreement, please contact our Practice Manager, Amy Cline, at 540-581-0155. For more information, please visit us at one of our upcoming Town Hall meetings regarding this subject. We have a Town Hall meeting scheduled for:
Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 at 6:30PM.
South County Library- Main Auditorium
6303 Merriman Rd
Roanoke, VA 24018
(Future Dates TBA)
Many do not know that pathologists are an integral part of the healthcare system. We work behind the scenes, sometimes referred to as “the doctors most never meet” or “the doctor’s doctor”. Most patients don’t realize the amount of work that it takes to come up with a diagnosis from your specimen. DPA provides services to tens of thousands of patients in the Roanoke Region yearly. Interestingly, a recent article notes that the workforce of US pathologists has declined approximately 17% from 2007 to 2017, from 2.03% to 1.43% of all US physicians.