Tufts plays Twitter hardball w/ BCBS

  1. Apparently , Blue Cross Blue Sheild of Mass and Tufts Medical Center are back at the table trying to negotiate a deal. But, for three days, Tufts has been bashing the insurer on Twitter — 25 posts last we counted. BCBS doesn’t seem to have a Twitter precense, so it’s been a one-sided rant.

    And while Tufts is casting itself as defender low cost care, it may not be that simple. From the Globe: “This is confusing and disruptive,’’ said Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, executive director of Health Care for All, a Boston advocacy group. “We have essentially a train wreck that has nothing to do with the quality of health care, but is all about escalating costs. In their failure to reach agreement, Tufts and Blue Cross are affecting people’s care.’’

    Here are the tweets:

    ” Low cost, quality healthcare is the future. But BCBS rewards those who are inefficient and hurts those responsible? keepmydoc.org

    November 16, 2011 8:50:24 AM EST
  2. Tufts Medical Center fully wants to reach an agreement. Blue Cross walked away from the bargaining table. #BeFairBCBS
    November 15, 2011 1:29:10 PM EST
  3. Blue Cross walks away from negotiations with Tufts MC and 1,500 community physicians. Press Release: ow.ly/d/pbu #BeFairBCBS
    November 15, 2011 1:34:06 PM EST
  4. Pls RT Tufts Medical Center fully wants to reach an agreement. Blue Cross walked away from the bargaining table. #BeFairBCBS #hcsm
    November 15, 2011 1:41:03 PM EST
  5. BCBS’s actions could disrupt care for thousands of patients across the Bay State #BeFairBCBS #hcsm
    November 15, 2011 1:43:30 PM EST
  6. Blue Cross walks away from negotiations with Tufts MC and 1,500 community physicians. Press Release: ow.ly/d/pca #BeFairBCBS
    November 15, 2011 4:01:14 PM EST
  7. Blue Cross walks away from negotiations with Tufts MC and 1,500 community physicians. Fair? Press Release: ow.ly/d/pca #BeFairBCBS
    November 15, 2011 10:10:44 PM EST
  8. Looking for information regarding BCBS? Please visit keepmydoc.org
    November 15, 2011 10:22:42 PM EST
  9. Tufts Medical Center wants to keep accepting Blue Cross. BCBS broke off negotiations. We fully want an agreement. #BeFairBCBS
    November 16, 2011 9:43:03 AM EST
  10. RT @klein5jen: #BCBSMA walks away from negotiations & 1,500 community physicians. YET, BCBSMA reports almost $80M 3rd Q profit! #BeFairBCBS
    November 16, 2011 10:12:21 AM EST
  11. Ask BCBSMA why they R trying 2 drive lower-cost providers out of business, while favoring the highest cost hospitals. Call BCBS 800-262-2583
    November 16, 2011 10:38:26 AM EST
  12. @klein5jen correct URL is keepmydoc.org
    November 16, 2011 10:48:36 AM EST
  13. Tufts MC is one of the most cost-effective, high quality hospitals in the state. But BCBSMA pays others 20-40% more? keepmydoc.org
    November 16, 2011 11:26:35 AM EST
  14. BCBSMA Is Doing It Again! wp.me/ppIZ1-Z /via @wordpressdotcom
    November 16, 2011 11:51:58 AM EST
  15. Does BCBS care that they are jeopardizing the doctor/patient relationship of ~200,000 lives? Get the facts: #BeFairBCBS ht.ly/7vLQo
    November 16, 2011 1:53:22 PM EST
  16. Get the facts about negotiations with Blue Cross: keepmydoc.org #BeFairBCBS #boston #tufts #hcsm #healthcare
    November 16, 2011 7:49:10 PM EST
  17. Tufts MC is 1 of the most cost-effective, high quality hospitals in the state. But BCBS pays others 20-40% more? keepmydoc.org #hcsm
    November 16, 2011 8:26:57 PM EST
  18. Ask BCBS why they R trying 2 drive lower-cost providers out of business, while favoring the highest cost hospitals. Call BCBS 800-262-2583
    November 16, 2011 8:32:09 PM EST
  19. #BCBSMA announces a combined after-tax net income of $78.9 million for the Quarter. REALLY? #BeFairBCBS #boston #hospital #Massachusetts
    November 17, 2011 10:18:34 AM EST
  20. Get the facts about negotiations with Blue Cross: keepmydoc.org #BeFairBCBS #boston #tufts #hcsm #healthcare
    November 17, 2011 10:57:03 AM EST
  21. RT @dandunlop: New Blog Post: More Blue Cross BS in MA- The Rift Between BCBSMA and Tufts Medical Center: #boston wp.me/pjeXb-1xi
    November 17, 2011 9:05:32 AM EST
  22. RT @dandunlop: More Blue Cross BS in Massachusetts: #boston #BeFairBCBS #healthcare wp.me/ppIZ1-16 #hcsm
    November 17, 2011 9:07:35 AM EST
  23. #BCBSMA announces a combined after-tax net income of $78.9 million for the Quarter. REALLY? #BeFairBCBS #boston #hospital #Massachusetts
    November 17, 2011 10:18:34 AM EST
  24. Get the facts about negotiations with Blue Cross: keepmydoc.org #BeFairBCBS #boston #tufts #hcsm #healthcare
    November 17, 2011 10:57:03 AM EST
  25. RT @dandunlop: More Blue Cross BS in Massachusetts: #boston #BeFairBCBS #healthcare wp.me/ppIZ1-16 #hcsm
    November 17, 2011 9:07:35 AM EST

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