And Dayton-based Premier, the largest health system in Southwest Ohio, and UHC, the nation’s largest health insurer, remain at odds over the insurer’s health plan design, which ranks hospitals and providers in tiers based on cost and quality.
Premier, UnitedHealthcare stalemate continues
UHC argues its plan design encourages consumers to choose the most cost-efficient care providers, helping to drive down health costs for consumers in the long run.
But Premier argues it would be inherently disadvantaged by the tiered system, which, officials said, would also limit consumer choice.
“Premier Health remains committed to resolving our differences with UnitedHealthcare as soon as possible while protecting patient choice,” the company said in a statement Friday. “We continue to keep the lines of communication open out of great concern for our patients.”
About 70,000 Dayton area residents are enrolled in UHC health plans, according to the company.
But seniors with UHC Medicare Advantage plans have been shielded from the current contract talks. The two sides agreed late last month to extend their network relationship for UHC Medicare Advantage plans through the end of the year, providing policyholders with uninterrupted access to Premier hospitals and physicians.