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Saturday May 23rd, 2015 3:17AM

UnitedHealthcare and NGHS reach agreement

By Staff
GAINESVILLE - In a joint statement released this afternoon, Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) and UnitedHealthcare announced they have reached a long-term, multi-year agreement that gives all UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored and individual health plans in-network access to all NGHS facilities and NGPG physicians. Patients who have UnitedHealthcare insurance are once again in-network with all NGHS facilities and physicians including:

● Northeast Georgia Medical Center

● Northeast Georgia Physicians Group

● Urgent Care (all locations including Braselton, Buford and Gainesville)

● Imaging Center (all locations including Braselton and Gainesville)

● The Rehabilitation Institute (all locations including Braselton, Buford, Cleveland, Dahlonega, Dawsonville, Gainesville and Oakwood)

● The Toccoa Cancer Center

● Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center


The renewed network relationship is retroactive to Aug. 22, and any eligible UnitedHealthcare plan participant health care expenses incurred since Aug. 22 will receive coverage at in-network benefit levels.

"We've worked diligently to finalize the details of a new agreement that is mutually beneficial for all involved, most importantly our patients, and improves the overall health of the community we serve," says Sean Couch, public relations manager at NGHS. "We believe our renewed relationship with UnitedHealthcare strengthens our ability to improve the coordination of care in the future, secures top quality care for our patients and allows us to serve UnitedHealthcare plan customers in our community in the same manner that we have for many years."

"Northeast Georgia Health System is an important provider of health care services in this area, and our renewed relationship strengthens our joint commitment to provide quality, cost-effective health care for UnitedHealthcare plan participants near where they live and work," said Rick Elliott, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of Georgia.

Patients with UnitedHealthcare insurance can now continue their care at NGHS and can schedule any procedures, surgeries or other visits that they may have decided to delay during the negotiations and brief out-of-network period.

"There is no need to wait," says Couch. "We're ready to serve these patients and acknowledge the inconvenience and uncertainty that they have experienced. We look forward to providing in-network care at full benefit levels and this contract achieves that objective."

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ABOUT UNITED HEALTHCARE

UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, serves more than 1.4 million Georgia residents with a care provider network of about 173 hospitals and more than 14,000 physicians statewide.

ABOUT NORTHEAST GEORGIA HEALTH SYSTEM

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is a not-for-profit community health system dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of the people of Northeast Georgia. Through the services of a medical staff of more than 500 physicians, the residents of Northeast Georgia enjoy access to the state's finest and most comprehensive medical services. Led by volunteer boards made up of community leaders, the 557-inpatient, 261-skilled nursing bed health system serves almost 700,000 people in more than 13 counties across Northeast Georgia. As a not-for-profit health system, all revenue generated above operating expenses is returned to the community through improved services and innovative programs.
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