Please Let NCMS Know If UnitedHealthCare Is Dropping You

Practices in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Raleigh and Fayetteville that are in-network with United Healthcare (UHC) Medicare Advantage plans may have received a disheartening letter from the insurance giant.  UHC Medicare Solutions has begun dropping participating physicians in North Carolina as they have in 10 other states. The official notices state that the practice’s Medicare Advantage contract with UHC will be terminated without cause.

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) has learned that about 300-350 physicians will be dropped from the plan in North Carolina. If you are among them, please let us know so we can track this and share any information we have about the process of notifying your patients. Contact Belinda Mckoy or call her at 919-833-3836 x142.

Last fall in Connecticut, UHC was preparing to terminate about 2,250 physicians when two county medical societies in the state were successful in convincing a U.S. District Court to issue an injunction to stop the cancelations.  UHC appealed to the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. At that point NCMS along with 32 other national, state, county and specialty medical associations joined as friends of the court supporting the injunction in Connecticut and opposing UHC’s efforts to move ahead with such terminations elsewhere in the country. Read the amicus brief (PDF).

The Court of Appeals modified the injunction giving doctors up to 30 days to challenge their removal from UHC’s network through arbitration.  Doctors in Connecticut who did not arbitrate their termination are no longer in the network. Those who did proceed to arbitration caused such a backlog of cases at the American Association of Arbitration, UHC agreed to extend the arbitration deadline.

The NCMS encourages doctors who receive termination notices from UHC to consider appealing their terminations. UHC also told NCMS  if a physician believes they have special circumstances, for instance they are the only one in the network to provide a specific service, UHC would consider an appeal of the termination.

NCMS will continue to monitor the situation and seek any opportunity to help our members.


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