Nason, Blue Cross reach agreement to stay in network

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - A little more than a month after Nason Medical Center was dropped from the Blue Cross Blue Shield list of in-network providers, the two sides compromised on a deal to bring the urgent care centers back into the fold.

      The deal was reached after Nason officials reportedly "demonstrated a good faith effort in working with us to address cost concerns," said Jim Deyling, the president of Blue Cross' private business division.

      "We have been on the record as saying that our fundamental obligation is to balance access and cost on behalf of our membership. It is always a challenge and today's evolving health care environment makes fulfilling that obligation even more complicated," said Deyling. "In this case however, working together, we achieved an outcome that is in the best interest of our membership. We appreciate the willingness of Nason's leadership to work with us, and their commitment to affordable patient care."

      Dr. Barron Nason said he was happy to be able to continue serving the many patients his medical centers see who are members of Blue Cross.

      "Nason Medical Center is pleased to be able to continue serving the BlueCross community of the Low Country. We have found BlueCross to be honest and fair in our discussions. Now we can get back to focusing on urgent care that is fast, friendly and affordable," he said.

      There are five Nason Medical Centers in the Lowcountry located in James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, and Summerville.

      The care provider was set to exit the Blue Cross network in October.