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UnitedHealthcare blames failed contract negotiations on Wellstar, calls demands ‘egregious’

In this Friday, June 15, 2018 photo, UnitedHealthcare cards and forms are shown in Doral, Fla.
In this Friday, June 15, 2018 photo, UnitedHealthcare cards and forms are shown in Doral, Fla.
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About 80,000 UnitedHealthcare members must now pay more out-of-pocket if they want care through a Wellstar Health System hospital or physician. Those numbers are from Wellstar’s senior vice president of managed care, Barbara Corey.

Contract negotiations between the pair ended in a stalemate earlier this month. That leaves thousands of patients without access to primary in-network care at a leading health system across metro Atlanta.

In a statement to WABE on Wednesday, United blamed the failed negotiations on Wellstar, saying its hospitals are already the most expensive in Atlanta and Wellstar refuses to move off its demands for an ‘egregious’ 37% price hike over three years.

Corey sat down with WABE’s “All Things Considered” to share her response, and give a rundown of the core issues that continue to divide both sides.