Houston Methodist in-network for UnitedHealthcare starting Monday
Houston Methodist is back in-network starting Monday for 100,000 UnitedHealthcare patients, the companies said.
The multi-year contract began June 1 and allows UnitedHealthcare customers on employer-sponsored, individual and Medicare Advantage plans to see their doctors and visit Houston Methodist hospitals at lower rates.
“We recognize and appreciate that the care Houston Methodist provides is not only important but also personal to our members, and we know the negotiations process has been difficult for them,” Dave Milich, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of Texas, said in a statement.
Both sides came to an agreement seven months after the insurer said it would split from one of Houston’s largest medical systems. Houston Methodist and UnitedHealthcare declined to offer additional details about the negotiations.
Rising health care costs at medical providers nationwide have prompted major insurance companies to reduce contracts and cut in-network access to hospitals in recent years for hundreds of thousands of patients.
After UnitedHealthcare announced in October it would drop Houston Methodist, Houston-based Community Health Choice ended its contract with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. In December, Cigna announced the termination of its contract with Memorial Hermann Hospital System, affecting 178,000 customers.
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