UAB Health System, United Healthcare insurance contracts set to expire next week

UAB Health System, United Healthcare insurance contracts set to expire next week


>>IF YOU CAN MAKE $9 BILLION,
YOU SHOULDN’T MAKE IT ON THE
BACKS OF PATIENTS. REPORTER: THOUSANDS OF PEOPL
COULD BE IMPACTED, IF UAB HEALTH
SYSTEM AND UNITED HEALTHCA
DON’T REACH NEW TERMS. UAB HEALTH SYSTEM SAYS BOTH
SIDES HAVE BEEN NEGOTIATING
INSURANCE CONTRACTS FOR MONTHS. THOSE CONTRACTS ARE SET
EXPIRE TUESDAY. STARTING WEDNESDAY —
>>PEOPLE WHO HAVE UNITED WILL
NOT BE ABLE TO COME TO OUR
FACILITIES WITHOUT PAYING OUT OF
NETWORK FEES.>>THAT INCLUDES SERVICES AT UAB
HOSPITAL, THE KIRKLIN CLINIC,
UAB PRIMARY, SPECIALTY, AN
URGENT CARE CLINICS, CALLAHAN
EYE, MEDICAL WEST, AND BAPTI
HEALTH IN MONTGOMERY. CEO WILL FERNIANY SAYS THE
DISPUTE STEMS FROM RATES THE
HEALTH SYSTEM BELIEVES ARE TOO
LOW AND OVER A TIERING SYSTEM.>>I THINK THEY’RE PREPARED TO
LET THIS TERMINATE
WHEN WE WILL HAVE ANOTHER
CONTRACT WITH THEM, I DON’T KNOW
.
IT COULD BE RELATIVELY QUICKLY, IT COULD BE YEARS. REPORTER: IF AN AGREEMENT ISN’T
REACHED, ONLY EMERGENCY
DEPARTMENTS AT EACH HOSPITAL
WILL REMAIN OPEN TO UNITED
HEALTHCARE MEMBERS WITHOUT ANY
ADDITIONAL OUT OF POCKET COSTS UNITED HEALTHCARE SENT US A
STATEMENT, SAYING THE COST OF
CARE AT UAB IS MORE THAN DOUBLE
THE AVERAGE COST AT ALL OTHE
HOSPITALS IN ALABAMA, AND THAT
DESPITE THEIR EFFORTS TO REACH A COMPROMISE, UAB HAS DECIDED TO
PUT ALABAMA RESIDENTS IN THE
MIDDLE OF THIS DISPUTE. STILL, BOTH SIDES SAY THEY’RE
WILLING TO KEEP THE DISCUSSIONS
OPEN. IN BIRMINGHAM, MARY O’CONNELL,
WVTM 1
BRITTANY UNITED HEALTHCARE IS
THE BENEFITS PROVIDER FOR

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