Two days after MaineHealth announced that Maine Medical Center will leave the Anthem health insurance network in 2023, more health care providers are sharing their own issues with Maine’s largest insurer.MaineGeneral in Augusta says it’s owed tens of millions in delayed payments.”MaineGeneral is experiencing payment delays,” it said in a statement to WMTW News 8. “We have ongoing discussions with Anthem to resolve these issues. The accounts receivable due to MaineGeneral Medical Center is more than $30 million.”BlueWater Health in Brunswick says payment delays of six months or more have become common.”Nearly 30% of Anthem’s bills have not been paid after more than six months,” its CEO Jay Mullen said in a statement to WMTW News 8. “This makes it very difficult to run a physician group and provide fantastic patient care.”York Hospital says its issues with Anthem are similar to those of MaineHealth, and that they extend to the health insurance of its own employees.”York Hospital is also experiencing similar issues with Anthem Insurance regarding appropriate and timely reimbursement for services provided to our patients, in addition to the handling of our own employees’ health care claims,” the hospital said in a statement to WMTW News 8.Northern Light said its issues with Anthem are limited to out-of-state claims.“We continue to experience some delays with Anthem,” the group said in a statement to WMTW News 8.” The dedicated phone line they have in place now has been helpful for local Anthem plans, but we still have continued delays with out of state and Medicare Advantage claims. We meet monthly with Anthem to review outstanding issues.”The Maine Bureau of Insurance says that it is conducting a market conduct examination of Anthem, which will include a review of its payments. It says it is in regular contact with Anthem about the issues.Anthem says it is working directly with providers to resolve delays but says it is a complex issue and will take time. It urges providers experiencing delays to call a dedicated hotline for assistance, which Northern Light says has been helpful in dealing with local Anthem plans.MaineHealth says it is owed more than $70 million by Anthem dating back over three years. It also alleges that Anthem has been reducing previously negotiated payments and denying prior authorizations for care.

Two days after MaineHealth announced that Maine Medical Center will leave the Anthem health insurance network in 2023, more health care providers are sharing their own issues with Maine’s largest insurer.

MaineGeneral in Augusta says it’s owed tens of millions in delayed payments.

“MaineGeneral is experiencing payment delays,” it said in a statement to WMTW News 8. “We have ongoing discussions with Anthem to resolve these issues. The accounts receivable due to MaineGeneral Medical Center is more than $30 million.”

BlueWater Health in Brunswick says payment delays of six months or more have become common.

“Nearly 30% of Anthem’s bills have not been paid after more than six months,” its CEO Jay Mullen said in a statement to WMTW News 8. “This makes it very difficult to run a physician group and provide fantastic patient care.”

York Hospital says its issues with Anthem are similar to those of MaineHealth, and that they extend to the health insurance of its own employees.

“York Hospital is also experiencing similar issues with Anthem Insurance regarding appropriate and timely reimbursement for services provided to our patients, in addition to the handling of our own employees’ health care claims,” the hospital said in a statement to WMTW News 8.

Northern Light said its issues with Anthem are limited to out-of-state claims.

“We continue to experience some delays with Anthem,” the group said in a statement to WMTW News 8.” The dedicated phone line they have in place now has been helpful for local Anthem plans, but we still have continued delays with out of state and Medicare Advantage claims. We meet monthly with Anthem to review outstanding issues.”

The Maine Bureau of Insurance says that it is conducting a market conduct examination of Anthem, which will include a review of its payments. It says it is in regular contact with Anthem about the issues.

Anthem says it is working directly with providers to resolve delays but says it is a complex issue and will take time. It urges providers experiencing delays to call a dedicated hotline for assistance, which Northern Light says has been helpful in dealing with local Anthem plans.

MaineHealth says it is owed more than $70 million by Anthem dating back over three years. It also alleges that Anthem has been reducing previously negotiated payments and denying prior authorizations for care.