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After 6 Months in Limbo, Fresno Hospital System and Major Insurer Reach New Deal



Six months after a contract between Anthem Blue Cross and Community Health Systems lapsed, the two companies have reached a renewal agreement. (Community Health System)
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Fresno’s largest hospital system and one of the nation’s largest insurance providers announced an agreement to resume service after six months of uncertainty.

Community Health System and Anthem Blue Cross reached a multi-year agreement Friday, restoring the insurer’s members access to in-network services and to the hospital organization’s facilities and affiliated physician groups, according to a press release.

“We are pleased Community Health System has rejoined our care provider network and we look forward to continuing our long-term partnership,” said John Pickett, Vice President Provider Solutions at Anthem Blue Cross. “This multi-year agreement provides certainty for our members and customers throughout the Central Valley and allows us to deepen our relationship and collaborative efforts to ensure access to high-quality, affordable care.”

The agreement applies retroactively to Jan. 1.

“Our two organizations have a long history of working together to benefit those we serve and we look forward to continuing this relationship,” said Aldo De La Torre, Community’s Senior Vice President for Network Development & Insurance Services.

The agreement between Blue Cross and Community fell into limbo after their services contract expired at the beginning of the year.

Edward Smith began reporting for GV Wire in May 2023. His reporting career began at Fresno City College, graduating with an associate degree in journalism. After leaving school he spent the next six years with The Business Journal, doing research for the publication as well as covering the restaurant industry. Soon after, he took on real estate and agriculture beats, winning multiple awards at the local, state and national level. You can contact Edward at 559-440-8372 or at