Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Saint Thomas, UnitedHealthcare end contract stalement

UnitedHealthcare and Saint Thomas Health Services have signed a new three-year contract that allows members of the insurer continued in-network access care from the Nashville-based health system’s hospitals and outpatient centers.

The previous contract expired on Jan. 31, but the parties agreed to a two-week extension through today to give them more time to negotiate a renewal.
The extension applies to the insurer’s employer, individual, and Medicare plan customers in its commercial, River Valley Heritage and UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans.

Last month, UnitedHealthcare notified more than 9,250 local commercial and Medicare members that used the affected Saint Thomas facilities in the past year that if a new deal wasn’t reached they should seek treatment at other in-network hospitals across the area or face higher out-of-network prices.

Saint Thomas’ operations include Baptist and Saint Thomas hospitals in Nashville, Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro as well as the Eye Surgery Center of Nashville, Baptist Ambulatory Care, and Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgical Center.

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