United Healthcare contract terminated with Bon Secours Medical Group

FILE - This Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, file photo, shows a portion of The UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s campus in Minnetonka, Minn. UnitedHealth announced Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, it is chopping its 2015 earnings forecast, citing hits it expects to take from new public insurance exchanges. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

United Healthcare will no longer be accepted at Bon Secours Medical Group, according to a press release from the hospital system.

Bon Secours says they were in engaged in discussions with the healthcare company for the past six months over contracts, but they were not able to come to an agreement. The contract was terminated last night.

The hospital system says less than 10,000 United members use Bon Secours physicians.

The hospital released the following information:

This contract involves only Bon Secours Medical Group physicians, not Bon Secours facilities.

Medical services provided at St. Francis Downtown Hospital, St. Francis Eastside Hospital, St. Francis Emergency Departments Downtown and Eastside, radiation oncology services at St. Francis Cancer Center and the AFC Urgent Care Bon Secours locations will remain in-network for UnitedHealthcare.

A full listing of Bon Secours Medical Group physicians who are considered out-of-network by UnitedHealthcare is available online at BonSecours.com.

UnitedHealthcare patients impacted by this change will receive a letter from the CEO of the Bon Secours Medical Group, Dr. Anselmo Nunez, including a list of the BSMG practices no longer in-network. Patients currently under active treatment with a Bon Secours Medical Group physician may be eligible to continue treatment for a period of time as part of the continuity of care guarantee. For example, patients who are pregnant or undergoing active treatment for a serious medical condition may qualify. These patients should contact UnitedHealthcare at the number listed on the insurance card. If the patient cannot locate the insurance card, call UnitedHealthcare at 1-866-633-2446 to discuss concerns about maintaining their current physician and their options.

Bon Secours Medical Group CEO, Dr. Anselmo Nunez, emphasized, “Bon Secours Medical Group physicians value the patient-physician relationships they have developed with our patients affected by the UnitedHealthcare decision and, despite no longer being an in-network provider, will continue to provide services to anyone in need.”

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