Notice to our United Healthcare PPO Patients
Good News – NOI will be once again be contracted with United Health Care! It takes a little time for the contracting process to be complete, but we are confident we will be contracted and seeing patients in-network by the middle of June, early July at the latest.
NOI is happy to report that we are currently making progress in our efforts to re-contract with United Health Care PPO. Nothing has been confirmed at this point, but we are hoping to be back in-network by early July. You can keep checking the website or call our office for the most current updates.
Effective January 15, 2011, Newport Orthopedic Institute (NOI) will no longer be a contracted provider with United Health Care PPO. United Healthcare’s final rate proposal was significantly lower than our other contracted insurance companies including Medicare.
Patient advocacy can be very powerful during insurance contract negotiations. It is never too late to contact United Healthcare’s Membership Services Department to inform them of your personal interest in Newport Orthopedic Institute re-contracting as a preferred provider.
NOI will be able to continue your care on an out of network basis after the termination date, and will work with you in any way possible to maintain the continuity of care. We offer our apologies for any inconvenience this change may cause you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office.
Original Post 5/10/2010
Newport Orthopedic Institute (NOI) is renegotiating its contract with United Healthcare. We know from experience that patient advocacy can be very powerful during the negotiation process. We encourage you to contact the United Healthcare Membership Services Department to inform them of your personal interest in Newport Orthopedic Institute remaining a preferred provider. It is our intent to have our contract resolved by September 2010, well before our January 15, 2011 deadline.
United Healthcare is our lowest paying contract by margin of approximately 10% and this includes the government program of Medicare. We have requested our contract to be increased to reflect the standard rates being offered by comparable private companies. In an era where health premiums are increasing and salaries of United Healthcare Executives continue to soar we are simply asking be to paid appropriately for the services we provide. We value you as patients and hope that you will be an advocate for us in this process.