Northern Light Health Partners with Physician Staffing Company

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BREWER, Maine (WABI) - Northern Light Health has partnered with a Tennesse-based physician staffing firm to provide more consistent staffing at four local hospitals.

TeamHealth will become the employer of emergency department clinicians at Inland Hospital in Waterville, Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield, Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth, and Blue Hill Hospital.

Northern Light says TeamHealth brings expertise from hospitals around the country to improve care.

The partnership will result in changes to the billing process.

But Northern Light Health says patients shouldn't notice a change, and expects that insurance companies will continue coverage as usual.

"If a particular insurance company does not want to work with either of us that could initially present a potential issue." says Dr. Steven Berkowitz, MD, Northern Light Health's Chief Physician Executive. "However it is TeamHealth's policy not to balance bill. So even in that scenario we do not see that as a problem."

Balance bills are when a provider charges more than insurance is willing to pay, and the provider charges the patient the difference. In the contract between Northern Light and TeamHealth this is not allowed.