LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – CHI St. Vincent’s hospitals and physicians will no longer be in UnitedHealthcare's network unless a new agreement is reached by April 1.
The contract termination is because CHI St. Vincent said that UnitedHealthcare has not fairly reimbursed them for services and care to UnitedHealthcare members.
“St. Vincent's continues to seek rate increases that are not in line with the rest of the community. We are offering fair and competitive reimbursement rates that appropriately cover the cost of care provided by St. Vincent Hospitals and are similar to what other providers in the community are paid for similar services,” according to a statement from UnitedHealthcare Regional Communications Director Angela Richmond.
The contract originally was going to expire March 1, but was extended in order to try to reach an agreement. CHI St. Vincent said negotiations will continue in hopes of “resolving contract issues."
“The current contract, which serves more than 30,000 UHC members through CHI St. Vincent providers, ends on March 31. This includes hospitals in Hot Springs, Little Rock, Morrilton and Sherwood, as well as all doctors and providers that are part of the CHI St. Vincent Health System,” according to a released statement from Kathryn Heller with CHI St. Vincent.
If you have an emergency, you can still go to CHI St. Vincent and receive in-network care. UnitedHealthcare also has partnerships with several other hospitals in the Little Rock and Hot Springs areas.
If you are currently being treated by CHI St. Vincent or have a procedure or test scheduled, contact the UnitedHealthcare Customer Care phone number on the back of your medical ID card and request “approval for continuity of care at in-network benefit levels" or visit myuhc.com.