Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

February 6, 2014

IU Health, UnitedHealthcare end contract standoff

The Associated Press

Indianapolis — Indiana University Health says it's reached a new contract agreement with UnitedHealthcare that affects up to 400,000 Hoosiers with insurance through the Minnesota-based company.

IU Health said Thursday the new agreement confirms that its physicians and facilities are in-network providers in UnitedHealthcare insurance plans. The deal means that all services provided by IU Health as of Jan. 1 will be billed as in-network.

Negotiations between UnitedHealthcare and IU Health had failed to yield a new contract before the existing contract expired on Dec. 31.

IU Health has been granting UnitedHealthcare patients a special "in-network" status to help avoid a disruption of health care services and encourage ongoing care with their physician during the contract negotiations.

A UnitedHealthcare spokesman didn't immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.