Renews in-network access for all UnitedHealthcare plan participants, and expands TennCare participation to now also include adult services starting March 1, 2015
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Dec. 29, 2014) — UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group company (NYSE: UNH), and the Erlanger Health System, a five-hospital system in Chattanooga, TN, have signed a new multi-year contract that gives individuals enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s commercial andMedicare Advantage plans, as well as individuals enrolled in the state’s TennCare program and in Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans, in-network access to all Erlanger facilities and physicians.
Under the renewed relationship, UnitedHealthcare commercial and Medicare plan participants will continue to have uninterrupted in-network access to the Erlanger Health System, and expectant mothers and children enrolled in the TennCare program regain in-network access effective immediately. The new contract also expands TennCare participation to give adults enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program full access to all Erlanger facilities and physicians beginning March 1, 2015.
“Erlanger values its new comprehensive relationship with UnitedHealthcare and the commitment both organizations are making to improve the health of our community,” said Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, President and CEO of the Erlanger Health System. “We appreciate the continued trust our patients have placed in us as their health care provider.”
“Erlanger is an important regional provider of health care services, and this renewed relationship lays the foundation for continued collaboration with the hospital and its doctors while helping to shift Chattanooga’s health care system to one that rewards performance and patient outcomes,” said Greg Reidy, CEO of UnitedHealthcare’s employer and individual business in Tennessee. “Our continued collaboration gives individuals and families full access to critical health services throughout eastern Tennessee.”
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 800,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare serves more than 45 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.
About Erlanger Health System:
The Erlanger Health System is a non-profit, academic health system affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Erlanger provides the only tertiary hospitals and Level 1 Trauma Centers for adults and children across a 31,000 square-mile region of southeast Tennessee, north Georgia, north Alabama and western North Carolina, treating over 300,000 patients annually. The health system consists of five hospitals, including Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, the region’s only pediatric specialty hospital, six emergency centers and offers centers of excellence in neurosciences, cancer care, cardiology, orthopedics, trauma, women and children’s care and transplant services. Erlanger is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the top hospital in the Chattanooga region and is the tenth largest public healthcare system in the United States. Visit erlanger.org.