September 18th, 2023
We greatly value you and your families and are proud to provide dermatological care to all of you who have become like a family to all of us. We would like to take this opportunity to inform those with MVP insurance that you may receive a notification from MVP stating that, effective December 31, 2023, Dermatology Associates of Ithaca will no longer be part of its provider network. It is important to note that MVP's decision is a result of many factors completely outside of our control. At the present time, we are doing everything in our power to maintain our status with MVP; however, they have not responded to our outreach.
We will continue to do our best to negotiate in good faith with MVP and will keep you updated on the situation. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this situation, please feel free to contact MVP at [email protected] at or your Human Resources department.
For now, our practice remains in network with MVP. As this is an unprecedented situation, our team will be available to answer any questions that arise and to help and support our patients through the process. As always, we look forward to providing you and all of our patients with our very best care.
Josephine C. McAllister, MD FAAD
1. Why is Dermatology Associates of Ithaca renegotiating its insurance contracts?
In December 2022, our practice was unilaterally and suddenly terminated from Cayuga Health Partners—a previously collaborative association between local physicians and Cayuga Medical Center. In our view, the termination was the culmination of over a decade of pressure from Cayuga Medical Center and its representatives that we refer certain pathology services to providers in the association rather than those that we feel, in our professional opinion, provide the best care.
2. Why has MVP not offered Dermatology Associates of Ithaca a signable contract?
MVP, along with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, has decided to take advantage of this situation to demand a significant rate cut to add to their own profits. Our team members have been here for our patients through the pandemic and do not deserve a major pay cut while providing the same high quality care.