That contractual relationship expires Sept. 1, a spokeswoman for Cleveland Clinic said Tuesday.
“If the contract ends it would be effective Sept. 1,” Cleveland Clinic spokeswoman Heather Phillips said in an email. “At this point, CareSource members can still come to Cleveland Clinic for their care. We are in the process of sending out information to help our patients as well through this if it does occur.”
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In a statement released later Tuesday, she said: “It’s important to note, Cleveland Clinic is still under contract through Aug. 31, 2017 and in active discussions with CareSource at this time. CareSource members can still come here for care as they do today.
The clinic’s statement added, “While we hope this does get resolved, in the event this relationship ends, patients may select another Medicaid plan to access Cleveland Clinic which can be done through the Ohio Medicaid Consumer Hotline. In addition, we will work with CareSource to provide continuity of care for patients, and as always Cleveland Clinic’s emergency departments are available regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay.”
“We continue to meet and dialogue with the Cleveland Clinic,” CareSource said in a statement issued last month on the situation. “Our hope is for an agreement and resolution on behalf of CareSource members who receive their quality health care.”
CareSource, a nonprofit Medicaid managed care provider and commercial health insurer, is one of Dayton’s fastest-growing companies. The membership in its health plans has grown to more than 1.5 million.
Late last month, Cleveland Clinic had said it had received notice from CareSource that the Dayton company may terminate its relationship.
“CareSource members can still come here for care as they do today,” the clinic said in June. “In the event this relationship ends, patients may need to select another Medicaid plan to access Cleveland Clinic.”