Blue Cross cancels new ride plan for rural Medicaid patients

  • Article by: Jennifer Brooks , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 9, 2014 - 8:17 PM

Blue Cross Medical and MTM terminated contract after nine days, amid complaints outstate Medicaid patients missed rides to doctor.

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dlm5055Jan. 9, 14 8:48 PM

Someone is going to lose their job over this snafu!

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actualreaderJan. 10, 1412:57 AM

How hard is it NOT to award a contract to a company with an already-established record of fraud? Yikes. These aren't widgets; they're sick people whose blood pressure is literally rising as they wait for that dialysis appointment and can rise to damaging levels the longer they go without it. When are we going to get that people are worth more than getting to announce "I saved on the bottom line" at the board's annual get-together?

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lallywJan. 10, 14 5:53 AM

Another disastrous decision by BCBS Executives. Did this contract go to MTM because Phil Stahlberger is a former BCBS employee? The AG's office should examine the bidding process and why the contract was awarded!!!

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hmoauditorJan. 10, 14 6:33 AM

What happened to the great BCBS " Nice Ride" transportation program? They have apparently changed the name to " No Ride."

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dantastic821Jan. 10, 14 7:24 AM

Transportation Companys that stopped taking people may have had good intentions; but are hipocrits when they say their primary concern was for the patient. Just read all the horror stories printed to see how their decision not to transport affected people. There was one company in southern minnesota that did not join that boycott; because their primary concern was; and clearly is; in the best interest of their patients. Hats off to MN Para Transit for coming through this nightmare with clean hands !

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mnhockey99aJan. 10, 14 8:59 AM

@lallyw - a former BCBS employee works at a national transportation company.. OMG.. there surely is some sort of conspiracy baked in there somewhere. *eyeroll*

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mikelsmithJan. 10, 14 9:31 AM

Another disastrous decision by BCBS Executives. Did this contract go to MTM because Phil Stahlberger is a former BCBS employee? The AG's office should examine the bidding process and why the contract was awarded!!! They are a private corperation, not part of the government.

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ace7898Jan. 10, 1410:11 AM

Good to see this. As a provider we had many drivers that refused to provide services to MTM because they would lose money. Yes lose money. We don't need to make a million dollars but we have to make a profit to remain in business. Major changes are coming to our industry and the good providers realize it and will adapt. It does strike me as unusual that MTM was caught for fraud and still is able to get contracts. If a small provider (like us) would be caught doing the same thing they get banned for life. It must depend if your company has deep pockets to survive. I prefer to do things the right way and follow the rules and regulations, I sleep so much better at night and I know we will prosper the right way.

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asmithe2Jan. 10, 1410:19 AM

I certainly hope this opens the eyes to the state's other insurance companies who may have once considered MTM for similar service. This was a total train wreck, and hopefully the metro counties who are still using MTM will see this as their opportunity to break from MTM as well.

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lallywJan. 10, 14 5:22 PM

Mnhockey99a: Phil was the lobbyist for years for BCBS!!! I think the AG's office should take a look at the bidding process.

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