Effective Monday at 12:01a.m., Stanford Health Care terminated its contract with Anthem Blue Cross. Anthem says that roughly 10,000 of its policyholders have used Stanford services in the last year.
In a statement, Anthem said it had requested that "Stanford agree to a two-week extension of the terminated contract at existing rates." Both parties say negotiations are ongoing.
Stanford had notified the insurer on Feb. 28, Anthem says, that it intended to terminate the contract.
The sticking point appears to be the duration of the contract. Both sides say that they reached agreement on rates for a two-year contract, but Stanford seeks a three-year contract. Because no agreement has been reached on the third year, and because Stanford did not extend its current contract, no contract is in force.
James Larkin, spokesman for Stanford, said patients should not worry. "While our contract did expire last night," Larkin said in an email, "I want to reiterate that Stanford Health Care will continue to welcome Anthem members and honor Anthem¹s in-network co-payment amounts for all of our services and care."