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Agreement reached between Bon Secours and UnitedHealthcare

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After two weeks, officials with Bon Secours Health System and UnitedHealthcare have announced they have reached an agreement to keep the Bon Secours Medical Group an in-network provider for those in UnitedHealthcare insurance.

According to a brief news release from Bon Secours Health System, the parties “have reached agreement on an extension of our contract through June 30, 2017, which retroactively returns Bon Secours Medical Group — Greenville to the UnitedHealthcare network effective Feb. 15, 2017.”

The original contract ran out on Feb. 14 after efforts to negotiate an agreement failed. The specific contract termination did not affect coverage of treatment at Bon Secours facilities such as St. Francis Downtown Hospital, St. Francis Eastside, emergency departments, AFC Urgent Care Bon Secours and radiation oncology services at the St. Francis Cancer Center.

At the time of the termination, officials with Bon Secours Health System said they “cannot accept reimbursement rates that jeopardize the ability to provide the latest technology, services and high-quality care Bon Secours’ patients deserve and Bon Secours’ physicians have worked to achieve.”

Angela Richmond, director of regional communications for UnitedHealthcare, said the insurance provider wanted “to find a fair solution that would renew in-network access to Bon Secours physicians while providing fair and competitive rate increases for the important services they provide.”

“Both groups have agreed on the key components of a new contract and are in the process of finalizing a long-term agreement,” the Bon Secours Health System statement said.

Reach Matthew Clark at 864-720-1222.

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