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Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock.
Health Care / Industry / Insurance

Arkansas Heart Hospital Still Negotiating with UnitedHealthcareLock Icon

In October, the hospital terminated its contract with UnitedHealthcare with a 180-day clause that has kept the Heart Hospital in network. The six-month period will end in April if an agreement is not reached. read more >
Health Care / Insurance

Baptist Health, UnitedHealthcare Reach Agreement

Baptist Health and UnitedHealthcare have reached a multi-year agreement over reimbursement rates that kept the state’s largest health care provider out of the insurer’s network since Jan. 1. read more >
The new medical tower at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.
Health Care / Insurance

St. Bernards Healthcare Faces Potential Out-of-Network Status with UnitedHealthcareLock Icon

St. Bernards Healthcare of Jonesboro needs to reach an agreement with UnitedHealthcare by March 1 to stay in network. read more >
Health Care / Industry / Insurance

Baptist Health Battles UnitedHealthcare Over Reimbursement RatesLock Icon

Baptist, the state’s largest health care provider, says it and other hospital groups have faced “unprecedented” costs to cover wages, supplies and pharmaceuticals since the pandemic, but has seen stingy reimbursement deals from insurers. read more >
Baptist Health, which has 11 hospitals in Arkansas, saw its patient revenue fall nearly 5% to $666.3 million in the first half of the year compared with the same period a year ago.
Health Care / Insurance

Baptist Health Out of Insurer’s Network

UnitedHealthcare said Baptist sought “double-digit price hikes that are neither affordable nor sustainable for families and employers across Arkansas.” read more >
Health Care / Insurance

Baptist Health Could Be Out of Insurer’s Network If Rate Impasse Continues

The state's largest health provider is the latest to battle UnitedHealthcare over reimbursement rates, which it says are among the lowest in the nation. read more >
Health Care / Insurance / Public Companies

Conway Regional Reaches New Deal With UnitedHealthcare

The health system left the insurance company in July amid tough negotiations over reimbursement rates. read more >

Hospitals Question UnitedHealthcare’s Rates

Tough negotiations over reimbursement rates prompt another hospital to consider dropping UnitedHealthcare. read more >

Quality Health Care Can Also Be Affordable (Letter to the Editor)

In December 2022, Conway Regional Health System and its associated physicians notified UnitedHealthcare of its intent to terminate its agreement effective July 1. read more >
Health Care / Insurance

Conway Regional: Just Seeking Near Parity (Letter to the Editor)

In December 2022, Conway Regional Health System and its associated physicians notified UnitedHealthcare of its intent to terminate its agreement effective July 1. read more >
Health Care

Rate Impasse Could Push Conway Regional Out of Insurer’s Network

CEO Matt Troup said UnitedHealthcare is paying Conway Regional about 50% less than hospitals in the market for in-patient procedures “and on the outpatient side, it’s even more dramatic.” read more >
The NavigateNow app offered by UnitedHealthcare
Health Care / Insurance / Small Business

UnitedHealth Offers Virtual Health Plan With Lower Premium

One insurance carrier is offering employers in the Little Rock area a virtual health care plan that touts a premium price that’s about 15% lower than traditional benefit plans. read more >
Delta Airlines
Health Care / Insurance / Public Companies / Transportation

Delta Will Charge Unvaccinated Workers $200 More A Month

Delta Air Lines will charge employees on the company health plan $200 a month if they fail to get vaccinated against COVID-19. read more >
Business Services / Insurance

Mindfulness May Be the Answer (Chris Martland Commentary)

Employers who foster a workplace culture that prioritizes well-being, including mindfulness programs, can help their employees cope with challenging times whether at work or at home. read more >
State Rep. Michelle Gray, R-Melbourne, is a moving force behind a first-in-the-nation effort to regulate pharmacy benefit managers.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Legal / Manufacturing

Stuck in the Middle: Regulating Pharmacy Benefit ManagersLock Icon

A special legislative session starting Tuesday is expected to result in deep-red Arkansas becoming the first state to license and regulate pharmacy benefit managers. read more >
Health Care

UnitedHealthcare to Pass Drug Rebates on to Some Customers

The nation's largest health insurer plans to give some customers a break at the pharmacy counter starting next year. read more >
St. Bernards is an important part of the local health care system.
Health Care / Insurance

St. Bernards, UnitedHealthcare Announce Network Relationship

St. Bernards Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare have established a new network relationship. read more >
Health Care / Insurance

Sparks Health System, UnitedHealthcare Renew Network Relationship

Sparks Health System and UnitedHealthcare have renewed their network relationship, ensuring that Fort Smith-area residents enrolled in UnitedHealthcare commercial and Medicare health plans have continued access to Sparks Health System’s hospital and its facilities. read more >
Health Care

UnitedHealthcare Announces Partnership With Aledade

UnitedHealthcare on Monday announced its partnership with national accountable care organization Aledade to provide high-quality care to Medicare Advantage members through its network of primary care doctors in Arkansas. read more >
Health Care / Insurance

CHI St. Vincent, UnitedHealthcare Reach Coverage Agreement

After months of negotiations, CHI St. Vincent and UnitedHealthcare announced that they have reached an agreement. read more >