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Wellmont, UnitedHealthcare renew relationship

September 27th, 2013 10:20 am by Hank Hayes

Wellmont, UnitedHealthcare renew relationship

KINGSPORT - Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage plans will continue to have access to care at Wellmont Health System facilities, Wellmont announced Friday.

Both parties had been in a contract dispute.

UnitedHealthcare and Wellmont have renewed Wellmont’s Medicare Advantage network participation, which allows UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage members to access Wellmont facilities at in-network benefit levels.

"This new agreement covers all Wellmont hospitals and other facilities in Tennessee and Virginia," said Jim Wozniak, Wellmont media relations coordinator.

UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored and TennCare plan members also have in-network access to care at Wellmont under an existing relationship, according to Wellmont.

“We are happy we are renewing our relationship with UnitedHealthcare so its Medicare Advantage members can continue to receive in-network care at the facilities they and their physicians prefer,” Alice Pope, Wellmont’s chief financial officer, said in a prepared release.“We appreciate our patients’ understanding during this process and look forward to delivering them our services without interruption.”

UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group company, serves more than 1.1 million people in Tennessee with a care provider network of more than 130 hospitals and 17,000 health care providers statewide.

“Our continued relationship with Wellmont Health System enables Tennessee Medicare beneficiaries to continue to seek medical care at health care facilities close to where they live,” said UnitedHealthcare Regional Vice President Charles Russo.

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