UnitedHealthcare in negotiations with Tenet Healthcare to renew contract

UnitedHealthcare is committed to providing our members access to quality health care through a broad network of physicians and hospitals at affordable rates. At this time, UnitedHealthcare is currently in negotiations with Tenet Healthcare to renew its long-term, national network agreement that is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2013, for its commercial and Medicare Advantage plan members.

Tenet Healthcare operates 50 hospitals in 10 states: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

UnitedHealthcare has made progress with our negotiations, and both sides are committed to reaching a new agreement. However, without an extension to the existing contract and in accordance with state and federal regulatory requirements, we have begun to notify members as of July 1 of the potential termination – 30 days prior to the contract expiring at the end of July.

In the event you should receive member inquiries regarding this letter, please encourage the member to call the number on their member ID card to speak with a customer care team associate.

Both Tenet and UnitedHealthcare are working together to reach a mutual agreement that allows UnitedHealthcare members continued access to all Tenet Healthcare facilities across the country. In the event that UnitedHealthcare and Tenet are not able to reach an agreement, we will work with our members who have been receiving treatment or have a scheduled surgery at a Tenet facility in order to ensure continuity of care.