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UnitedHealthcare drops physicians from Medicare plan – Financial Mines

“Keep your doctor?” NOT!

Physicians across the state are reeling after they were informed that they will no longer be participants in a popular Medicare program.

UnitedHealthcare sent a letter dated Oct. 2 to 810 primary care physicians and 1,440 physician specialists, telling them that the separation from its Medicare Advantage network would be effective Feb. 1, 2014.

The business, a unit of Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group, said affected physicians have the right to appeal and told them that their agreements for other UnitedHealthcare networks will not be impacted.

The notification came as a surprise to the Fairfield Medical Association, which counts 1,499 physicians in its ranks.

“They’re letting 19 percent of the physicians in the network go,” said Mark Thompson, executive director of the association. “This is where insurance companies are using insurance contracts to interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.”

via UnitedHealthcare drops physicians from Medicare plan – Financial Mines.

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3 thoughts on “UnitedHealthcare drops physicians from Medicare plan – Financial Mines

  1. It is time for good Americans to sue for their Medicare rights, sue whom? Obama, would love to see a law suit, which would be unconstitutional of course, but would send a message about Obammacare (ACA). UHC is just trying to get ready for the insane number of sick, and illegal immigrant, people Obammacare is going to force on them.

    Posted by Nick Quinn | October 12, 2013, 8:50 AM
  2. Who did they cut? What were the demographic profiles of those providers? Were they preferentially serving low “profit” populations?

    Posted by Brad Banko | November 4, 2013, 10:40 AM
    • It appears that they are cutting small groups and solo docs, in favor or the large groups who are able to share the risk on bundled payments.

      Posted by bnuckols | November 4, 2013, 11:31 AM

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