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Blue Shield Of Calif., UCLA Tussle Over Rates
Kaiser Health News

Blue Shield of California, which earlier this year pledged to cap its profits at 2 percent, took public Tuesday a contract dispute with UCLA Medical Center, which saw a nearly 17 percent operating margin this year. Unless the two can agree on contract terms by the end of the year, some Blue Shield customers who use UCLA or affiliated hospitals and doctor groups will face sharply higher out-of-network charges. The two have fought before — in 2006 and 2008 — over how much the insurer will pay in its contract rates.