Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Accelerates $80 Million in Advance Payments to Health Care Providers

Via BCBS of Minnesota

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is committed to supporting our provider partners through this health crisis. This is a time when health care plans and providers need to work together in order to protect the health of our communities, and we have been working continuously with providers to understand their unique needs.

In an effort to assist our valued provider partners with their immediate financial concerns, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is accelerating approximately $80 million in advance payments to providers for quality and cost standards achieved in 2019. These payments were previously scheduled to take place in the fall. 

In addition, Blue Cross has removed prior authorizations for COVID-19 and many other treatments, and has advanced payments to providers for achievements made in the innovation and transformation of care. We will continue to work through these issues with providers to ensure our members receive the care they need, now and in the future.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota’s first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. A nonprofit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.9 million members in Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by its affiliated companies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago.

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