BY JAMES FRANKLIN, POSTED FROM ABC3340
UAB has reached an agreement in principle with UnitedHealthcare to renew their network relationship.
According to a release from UHC, the new multi-year agreement will allow patients with UHC commercial and Medicare Advantage plans to have continued access to UAB facilities and should not experience any interruption to their coverage.
The agreement comes on the last day before UAB, the only level one trauma hospital in the area, said it would no longer accept United’s health insurance. The two groups have negotiated over costs for several months leading up to the agreement.
The deal is expected to be finalized over the next two weeks.
The two sides previously went 6 years without a contract beginning in 2005.