Coverage at Tenet facilities will continue for UHC patients

UPDATE TO ORIGINAL STORY:

July 31, 2014 - United Healthcare (UHC) and Tenet, the parent company of SSM Health SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and Des Peres Hospital, have agreed to a new contract. Medical care for patients who receive outpatient or inpatient hospital services at a Tenet facility will continue to be covered by UHC insurance.

The contract between UHC and Tenet was set to expire today.

The contract between SLUCare and UHC was not affected by the negotiations. SLUCare and Tenet are different organizations and each has its own contract with UHC.

ORIGINAL STORY:

July 10, 2014The contract between United Healthcare (UHC) and Tenet, the parent company of SSM Health SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and Des Peres Hospital, officially expires Wednesday, July 31, 2014. The two organizations continue to negotiate, but so far an agreement has not been reached.

These negotiations are between UHC and Tenet. SLUCare's contract with UHC is not in question, and SLUCare will continue providing physician services regardless of the outcome and timing of the UHC and Tenet talks.

With the termination date approaching, UHC sent letters to patients regarding the status of contract negotiations. To clarify what this means for SLUCare patients, SLUCare's Chief Operating Officer sent a message to UHC patients via MyChart. Download the Letter

Our hope is that the negotiations between UHC and Tenet will end successfully with a continuation of their long-term relationship. However, if UHC and Tenet do not come to an agreement, it could affect our SLUCare patients' coverage at a Tenet facility. If hospital services are required and an agreement between UHC and Tenet is not reached, SLUCare providers will work with UHC patients to arrange care at one of the many non-Tenet hospitals.

If you have questions regarding the status of UHC and Tenet discussions or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our providers, please contact the Call Center at 314-977-4440 or 866-977-4440.

We are proud of the quality care we provide our patients, and we look forward to continuing these relationships into the future.