January 22, 2010

FMOL Provider Agreement Reached


A successful settlement has been reached with the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, or FMOL.  We are pleased to announce that FMOL has agreed to hold the line on costs by accepting our company's final offer. The offer, made Jan. 8, allows for a minimal inflationary increase.

This means you can continue to receive in-network benefits at hospitals such as Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge and St. Francis in Monroe as well as with all their affiliated providers.

Blue Cross and FMOL have come together to work in the best interests of our stakeholders. It's an example of how Blue Cross and your providers are working together to manage healthcare costs for you. 

FMOL hospitals are well-respected in their communities, and we are pleased that they will remain an important part of our strong statewide networks. You can use our online provider directory at any time to find in-network providers.

"We understand this has been a difficult period for our customers and for all parties, but we have been absolutely committed to you and to heeding your request to hold the line on healthcare costs," Blue Cross President and CEO Mike Reitz said. "As a non-profit mutual company owned by our policyholders, we take our responsibility to manage your money wisely as a serious obligation. Blue Cross will continue to work as an advocate for you going forward."

As always, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana works hard to keep healthcare quality-driven, accessible and affordable. And we focus on using as much of your healthcare dollar as possible on direct hospital, physician and prescription drug costs for our customers.

Hospitals in the FMOL System include:

  • Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge
  • Tau Center of Baton Rouge
  • St. Elizabeth Hospital, Gonzales
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Lafayette
  • Heart Hospital of Lafayette
  • St. Francis, Monroe (both campuses)
  • Assumption Community Hospital, Napoleonville

A full list of in-network providers can be found in our online provider directory.