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SMH BCBSBlue Cross & Blue Shield Update

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System reached a 3-year renewal agreement with insurer Florida Blue / Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) on June 30. 

This agreement provides uninterrupted “in-network” coverage to BCBS members seeking care at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, the health system’s network of outpatient and urgent care services, its First Physicians Group physicians and advanced practice providers. The agreement also will cover services provided at the new Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice when it opens this fall.

The new agreement applies to BCBS Medicare Advantage, Exchange and Commercial/Managed Care plans inside and outside of Florida, including the insurer’s BlueSelect, Blue Options, BlueCare and myBlue plans.

“Blue Cross and Blue Shield - Florida Blue has been a valued partner of ours for decades, and we look forward to working with them to continue providing high-quality, affordable care to patients in our community,” said Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder.

Terms of the agreement are confidential. The contract will be effective through June 30, 2024.

* NOTE: This webpage was last updated June 30, 2021.