I am amazed at your reporting of the story of the "resolution" between Erlanger Medical Center, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee (Aug. 22, p. 10). I suppose, however, it is typical of Blue Cross to credit Erlanger's change of leadership as responsible for the reconciliation. Such a statement implies that my recalcitrance was the reason the issue could not be resolved in the first place. Nothing could be further from the truth.
During the course of the two-year "split" with the Blues, the Erlanger board of trustees, Erlanger senior management and I worked diligently to resolve the impasse with the Blues. All offers of reconciliation were consistently rejected by Blue Cross.
Your article also failed to mention that J. Robert McGuff, the Blues plan's chief executive officer, has announced his retirement, and the organization's board has selected his replacement.
My comments, had I been asked, would have been to credit the reconciliation to the Blues' desperation over TennCare and changes at the health plan.
JAMES C. PICKLE
Healthcare Corp.'s Kentucky division
Former chief executive officer
Erlanger Medical Center