IU Health reaches agreement with UnitedHealthcare

IU Health reaches agreement with UnitedHealthcare
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Posted by Sara Galer

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana University Health announced Thursday that it has reached a contract agreement with UnitedHealthcare. The agreement will be retroactive to January 1, 2014 and allows about 400,000 Indiana patients to continue receiving care.

The two groups were unable to reach an agreement by the contract deadline at the end of December.

IU Health has been granting UnitedHealthcare patients a special 'in-network' status to help avoid disruption while working toward a resolution with the Minneapolis-based provider.

"We thank our patients for their loyalty and patience," said Dr. John C. Kohne, chief medical officer, Indiana University Health. "While we are pleased to have reached an agreement with UnitedHealthcare, it's unfortunate that our patients experienced any unnecessary stress or inconvenience. We remain committed to offering Hoosiers the nationally recognized, affordable healthcare they deserve."

The new agreement confirms that IU Health physicians and facilities are again in-network providers in UnitedHealthcare insurance plans and all services provided by IU Health as of January 1, 2014 will be billed as in-network.