Community, UnitedHealthcare settle rift

February 18, 2008
Community Health Network and health insurance giant UnitedHealthcare said today that they've settled their spat.

UnitedHealthcare said it has negotiated a new multi-year contract with Community that gives its members ongoing access to the hospital network's 170 physicians, along with access to its medical facilities. The facilities include Community hospitals east, north and south as well as Community Hospital in Anderson, Indiana Heart Hospital and MedCheck urgent care centers.

"We are very pleased to finalize a new contract with UnitedHealthcare on behalf of our patients and physicians," Bill Corley, CEO of Community Health Network, said in a statement.

Thousands of Hoosiers risked seeing their coverage upset after Community told its physicians late last month that the system planned to stop accepting UnitedHealthcare's insurance as payment as of Feb. 15. Community later put off the deadline, as the parties negotiated.

With 847 inpatient beds, Community is the region's third-largest hospital system; UnitedHealthcare is the fourth-largest managed care organization in the state, with about 373,000 commercial members.
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