News & Updates
UHC wants to inform you that UnitedHealthcare of California and UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company (collectively, "UnitedHealthcare") are in negotiations with Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital to renew its hospital contracts, which expire on October 31, 2015.
While UHC has not yet reached an agreement, their goal is to preserve their members' access to care at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital while paying the hospital rates that are similar to what other area hospitals charge for the same services.
If UHC is unable to reach agreement with Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital to renew their contracts, effective November 1, 2015, the hospital will no longer be considered in-network providers for their members. Per regulatory and contractual obligations, UHC will notify and advise affected members (those who have received services at or from these Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital facilities in the last 12 months) in advance of the pending expiration dates as follows:
As a steward of health care dollars, UnitedHealthcare is committed to containing the rising cost of health care. Continuity of care and access to a high quality, affordable health care network for UHC's members are key priorities. They work hard to ensure that their contracted health care providers are reimbursed at rates that are fair and reasonable, and consistent with local market rates.
UHC is continuing in their discussions with Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. They appreciate how disruptive it can be when there is a chance a hospital may stop participating in their network, and that is why their team has been working hard with Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital officials to reach a resolution.
UHC's goal is to help people lead the healthiest life possible by encouraging higher quality and lower costs through local access to health care. They are grateful for your continued support as a UnitedHealthcare customer, and will keep you apprised of their progress through future communications.
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