Renown Health and UnitedHealthcare are trying to reach a compromise to keep Renown in-network for people covered by UHC and Health Plan of Nevada. Both are attempting to reach an agreement to keep Renown in-network for UnitedHealthcare and Health Plan of Nevada members, according to a media report.
- Smooth healthcare drive platform: “Renown is the most expensive health system in the Reno area, yet it’s demanding a nearly 16 percent price hike that will drive up the cost of health care for the members and customers we serve,” a UnitedHealthcare spokesperson said in a written statement to News 4.
- Notice duties: The previous contract ended May 1. Members will be responsible for out-of-network costs from June 1, if the payer and provider do not reach a compromise by the end of the month, the article said. Members will still be charged in-network rates for out-of-network care as negotiations continue through the end of May.
- Collaborative partners: “We continue to work with colleagues at UnitedHealthcare to find a solution that works for everyone and hope to reach a resolution. In the meantime, Renown and our medical providers are here to serve UnitedHealthcare and Health Plan of Nevada members without disruption and will continue to schedule appointments and procedures at Renown hospitals” said a Renown spokesperson.
- Accessible healthcare aims: Renown’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Paul Sierzenski, said, Renown doesn’t view the new contract proposal as a price hike as UHC describes it, but more as an investment “supporting a system that designs care for value.” He said the goals of the new contract would be to make health care better, more accessible, and more affordable.
- Hopes for betterment: A spokesperson for UHC told Renown initiated negotiations last fall by sending them a termination notice. “We recognize the important role Renown plays in supporting the health care needs of our members and hope it will work with us to reach an agreement at fair, market-competitive rates that will help keep care affordable for the people of Reno”, he said.