A contract dispute that meant patients covered by insurance policies from Coventry Health Care of Virginia could not use HCA Virginia Health System hospitals has been resolved.
HCA is the parent company for Salem-based LewisGale Regional Health System. Because of the expired contract HCA patients with Coventry insurance were told that they could not seek inpatient treatment at any of the for-profit system’s hospitals including the four in Southwest Virginia.
The two reached an agreement Wednesday, two months after the previous contract had expired, said LewisGale spokeswoman Nancy May.
The contract dispute did not affect outpatient services at surgery centers, imaging centers or physician offices, May said. Those areas are covered through separate contracts, she said.
The new contract covers hospital services for all Coventry products, which are known by a number of names including Southern Health, CareNet, Mailhandlers, and First Heath plans.
Coventry will issue a letter alerting its members of the new contract, May said.