“We are pleased to have been able to secure an agreement with United Healthcare that will allow us to continue our mission to provide the highest healthcare to its policyholders in Alabama,” said will Ferniany, CEO of UAB Health System, on Wednesday. UAB Health System and United Healthcare have entered into a health insurance policy. The contract means that United Healthcare policyholders can continue to see their UAB medical providers and use all units in the UAB health system. The two organizations will work together over the next two weeks to complete the agreement. During this period, United policyholders may continue to receive uninterrupted care in UAB facilities. Following Wednesday`s agreement, UnitedHealthcare issued a statement saying, “We recognize that UAB`s care is not only important, but also personal to our members, and we understand that the negotiation process may have been difficult for them. Our first priority throughout this process has been to ensure that the members we serve in Alabama have access to quality and affordable health care, and we appreciate UAB`s cooperation in achieving this result. United should no longer be accepted in most UAB units without an emergency as of July 31, after the two companies have not entered into a contractual agreement. Approximately 25,000 policyholders were affected by the situation. “We are pleased to have been able to reach an agreement with United Healthcare that allows us to continue our mission to provide the highest health care to its policyholders in Alabama,” said Will Ferniany, CEO of UAB Health System, Ph.D., “As the state`s flagship hospital, we provide medical services that no other health facility can provide and we are committed to providing our services to all in the state.” Last month, the UAB health system sent 40,000 letters to patients who, over the past two years, have received united insurance at a UAB unit informing them that they will soon have to pay fees in the absence of an agreement. The agreement will allow Alabama residents enrolled in UnitedHealthcare and Medicare Advantage`s health plans to access UAB facilities and physicians.
The interim agreement means that people with UnitedHealthcare insurance policies and Medicare Advantage health plans can continue to use their UAB medical staff and all UAB medical facilities without interruption. UAB and United have two weeks to complete the interim agreement. The new contract is valid for two years. UnitedHealthcare and UAB reached an agreement on the day the UAB health system had to stop accepting insurance. “As the state`s flagship hospital, we provide medical services that no other health facility can provide and we are committed to providing our services to all in the state of Alabama,” he said. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WSFA) – UAB Health System and UnitedHealthcare have agreed on a health insurance contract that leaves little time. . Ferniany previously said that United UAB “forced” the situation, adding that UAB tried to make concessions to cooperate with United, but the insurance company refused to comply with its terms.
“We have not had such problems with any supplier other than United,” he said at the time. . UAB says United has demanded less comprehensive providers throughout Alabama, and the insurance company ignores the costs of treating some of the state`s sickest patients.