Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Valley Anesthesia Reach Agreement – Updated February 9, 2015


As part of our continued commitment to help keep you informed of any change in the status of our ongoing contracting efforts with anesthesia groups in the western region of Virginia, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and our affiliate HealthKeepers, Inc. are announcing an important update.  While Valley Anesthesia terminated contracts with us on January 3, 2015, they have rejoined our networks effective February 1, 2015. All parties collaborated in order to arrive at a mutual agreement, and a contractual framework has been developed for a continued business relationship.  This is an important health care partnership for the southwest Virginia area, as Valley Anesthesia provides anesthesia services at Lewis Gale Medical Center in Salem and Lewis Gale Hospital Montgomery in Blacksburg.


For more than 75 years, Anthem has been pleased to provide a range of health insurance products to those who live in and work in Virginia.  As the state’s largest health insurer and a major local employer, we take very seriously our responsibility to provide our members with access to affordable health care and the broadest possible network of health care providers.