The Fulton County Superior Court issued its latest ruling recently in the ongoing business dispute between Northside Hospital and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia.
Judge Rachelle L. Carnesale, who in late January extended an injunction to ensure health care coverage for hundreds of thousands of Anthem patients, has further extended the injunction in her ruling this week, according to a news release.
The extension has no specific termination date, so Anthem patients can continue to receive medical care in the Northside Hospital system on an in-network basis beyond April 15.
Judge Carnesale also ruled that the Northside-Anthem matter should now be referred to the Georgia Department of Insurance to determine if Anthem’s current attempt to separate patients from their trusted health care providers is permissible.
Northside has diligently pursued legal remedies in this dispute because of its critical importance to protecting the rights of hundreds of thousands of Georgians. Northside will continue to provide updates to its patients and their families as they develop.