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Blue Shield, Sutter Health reach contract impasse over cost, ‘antitrust’ issues
San Francisco Business Times

Blue Shield of California says its contract for self-funded clients at Sutter Health, which operates many of the largest hospitals in the Bay Area and the Sacramento region, has expired and an impasse in contract talks could result in roughly 145,000 members dropping Blue Shield’s service. The prior three-year contract expired at midnight on Dec. 31, according to Blue Shield spokesman Steve Shivinsky, and covers more than 140,000 HMO enrollees and 4,400 PPO enrollees in the region. Many of them work for self-insured companies.