It’s interesting that Medicare is still ok and I say this as not too long ago the AAFP confronted United on paying doctors less than Medicare. I wondered if this extends out to hospitals too? The company is still making big profits as we see.
The AAFP Confronts United Healthcare On Reimbursements, Some Are Below Medicare Rates In Parts of the US–Payment Algorithms/Formulas Calculated Deep Within IT Infrastructures Do the Job
If you have never seen the United truckloads of subsidiary companies and what they all do, take a look at this post for some information there to include even hospice for profit which I found when I was in Arizona not too long ago when my mother passed away as a choice, but didn’t go there and stayed in the non profit realm for Mom.
The Wellmont system is pretty close to the back yard of Remote Area Medical too in Tennessee and I might guess they get some volunteers from Wellmont too. They have a few up and coming free medical clinics on their schedule for Tennessee.
If nothing occurs by October 1st and the impasse is still in effect, then patients will need to find another insurance carrier. BD
KINGSPORT - Contract talks between UnitedHealthcare and Wellmont Health System are at an impasse, and Wellmont says patients covered by four UnitedHealthcare plans face higher hospital rates and limited physician access after Sept. 30.
In a prepared release, Wellmont called the latest proposal from UnitedHealthcare “unacceptable.” To continue receiving in-network rates at Wellmont hospitals, patients will need to obtain coverage from another insurance carrier, according to the health system.
Wellmont advises patients who would like to retain in-network rates at their hospitals can switch from one of the UnitedHealthcare plans to BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Blue Advantage, Humana, Windsor Health Plan or the federal government’s traditional Medicare program.