In a joint statement released on Saturday, Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) and United Healthcare announced they have reached a long-term, multi-year agreement that gives all United Healthcare employer-sponsored and individual health plans in-network access to all NGHS facilities and physicians.
“We’ve worked diligently to finalize the details of a new agreement that is mutually beneficial for all involved, most importantly our patients, and improves the overall health of the community we serve,” says Sean Couch, “We believe our renewed relationship with United Healthcare strengthens our ability to improve the coordination of care in the future, secures top quality care for our patients and allows us to serve United Healthcare plan customers in our community in the same manner that we have for many years.”
According to Couch, patients with United Healthcare insurance can now continue their care at NGHS and can schedule any procedures, surgeries or other visits that they may have decided to delay during the negotiations and brief out-of-network period.
“There is no need to wait,” says Couch. “We’re ready to serve these patients and acknowledge the inconvenience and uncertainty that they have experienced. We look forward to providing in-network care at full benefit levels and this contract achieves that objective”, Said Couch.
The renewed network relationship is retroactive to Aug. 22, and any eligible United Healthcare plan participant health care expenses incurred since Aug. 22 will receive coverage at in-network benefit levels.