Large urology group, insurer reach agreement

September 12, 2012

Academic Urology, a large urology group practice in eastern Pennsylvania, has signed a new 3-year contract with Independence Blue Cross (IBC) and is currently participating in IBC’s network.

Academic Urology, a large urology group practice in eastern Pennsylvania, has signed a new 3-year contract with Independence Blue Cross (IBC) and is currently participating in IBC's network.

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with IBC that allows its members access to Academic Urology physicians," said David J. Ellis, MD, president of Academic Urology.No other contract terms were disclosed.

In November 2011, Academic Urology announced that its contract with IBC had expired, citing IBC’s "refusal to negotiate in good faith," forcing Academic Urology into an out-of-network status. IBC said at the time that it "gave Academic every opportunity to stay in our network, but they chose not to."

Academic Urology is headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, and includes 36 urologists in 16 locations throughout Philadelphia’s western suburbs. The group operates the Prostate Center in King of Prussia, PA, in cooperation with the Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia.

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