Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Chesapeake Emergency Physicians review network agreements 

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia (Anthem) and our affiliate HealthKeepers, Inc. continue to work collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, ancillary providers and other health care professionals to help ensure our members have uninterrupted access to dependable, high-quality health care at an affordable price through a broad and comprehensive provider network.  Anthem and HealthKeepers, Inc. attempt to negotiate reasonable fees for services that physicians and other health care professionals and facilities provide as part of our network contracts with these providers.  In fact, keeping health care costs fair for everyone is one of our main responsibilities.

Recently, Anthem and HealthKeepers, Inc. received a contract termination notice from Chesapeake Emergency Physicians (CEP) which provides emergency medical (ER) services at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center in Chesapeake, Virginia.  Effective March 1, 2017, Chesapeake Emergency Physicians is terminating its Anthem PPO and HealthKeepers provider agreements.  The termination of CEP’s HealthKeepers agreements also impacts HealthKeepers plans purchased on or off the Health Insurance Marketplace (also known as the exchange).  The termination does not affect our Medicaid/FAMIS, Medicare Advantage or Medicare-Medicaid Plan networks, as CEP will remain a participant in these networks.

Please note that this notification ONLY applies to Chesapeake Emergency Physicians.  Chesapeake Regional Medical Center and all other hospital-based service providers at the medical center remain part of our Anthem PPO and HealthKeepers networks.   

Looking ahead

We remain in negotiations with Chesapeake Emergency Physicians and are hopeful that we can come to an agreement to keep CEP a participant in our provider networks.

Meanwhile, please continue to visit this site for the latest news and information on this topic. 


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