Alabama Blue Cross, Blue Shield selected to replace Wellmark

An HHBR Staff Report

BALTIMORE – The Health Care Financing Admin is tration (HCFA; Baltimore) announced last week that Alabama Blue Cross and Blue Shield will replace Wellmark as the contractor processing Part A claims for Iowa and South Dakota, as well as home health and hospice claims for 15 states and the District of Columbia. The move makes Alabama Blue Cross and Blue Shield the second largest regional home health intermediary.

Wellmark notified HCFA last month of its decision to exit the Medicare fee-for-service program. It also opted to withdraw as the regional contractor in the 15 states and the District of Columbia where it processes claims to about 2,800 home health agencies and hospices. According to HCFA, the actual transition will be completed by June 2000.