Delay Prompts UnitedHealthcare to Extend Deadline in Premium Designation Program

The NCMS was the first state medical society to alert the AMA concerning delays experienced by physicians in receiving letters from UnitedHealthcare (UHC) informing them of their designation in the UHC Premium Designation Program ( see UHC Notifying MDs about Physician Profiling/Tiering Program; Doctors Have Limited Time to Seek Reconsideration of Information, January 14, 2011 Bulletin). After learning about the delays, the AMA asked UHC to extend the deadline for physicians to appeal their initial ratings. UHC moved the deadline from February 12, 2011 to February 26, but will not post the physician ratings publicly until March 30, 2011. The AMA says physicians can still submit appeals after the February 26 deadline, but there is no guarantee that the appeal process will be completed and the decision reflected in the March 30 posting of the physician ratings. Click here to view UnitedHealthcare’s official announcement.


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