CHS pulling out of BlueCross Arkansas network

Community Health Systems executives have told BlueCross BlueShield of Arkansas officials they will withdraw from the insurer's network at the end of this month. Franklin-based CHS runs nine hospitals and a number of physician clinics in the state.

"CHS is terminating because we will not agree to additional increases in reimbursement," ABCBS said in a letter to its agents dated Aug. 10. "We already are paying CHS hospitals the same rate that we pay all other Arkansas hospitals for outpatient services. And for inpatient services, we actually pay more, on average, to CHS hospitals than we pay to other Arkansas hospitals."