Landmark and Blue Cross ordered to go into mediation
Landmark Medical Center went to court today to seek permission to sue Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island. Instead, Judge Michael Silverstein ordered the two sides to work it out.
According to Craig Burke, the court spokesman, Judge Silverstein is sending the two sides to mediation.
Landmark’s spokesman Bill Fischer says he’s pleased with the decision.
If mediation is a path towards reconciliation of a number of unresolved issues and it brings all parties to the table in a reasoned manner, I think that’s a productive day.
Fischer says some of the negotiations will only concern Blue Cross and Landmark, but Steward plans to participate in parts of the mediation that apply to them.
Blue Cross hasn’t returned my request for reaction to the decision.
Here’s a response from Blue Cross Blue Shield-
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is supportive of Judge Silverstein’s recommendation that the parties enter into mediation and are hopeful that this process will allow the parties to reach resolution on the open issues.
Craig Burke with Superior Court says Judge Silverstein will likely name the mediator and work out other details in court on Monday.