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Northeast Georgia Health System Contract With United Healthcare Network Expires

NGHS facilities and Northeast Georgia Physicians Group (NGPG) dropped from United Healthcare network of providers.

As of midnight on Aug. 22, area patients with United Health Care (UHC) insurance coverage will be faced with out-of-network rates if they use a North Georgia Health System (NGHS) provider. 

The current contract between NGHS and UHC expired on Aug. 21.

“This is not what we wanted, and we worked very hard to avoid this outcome,” said Melissa Tymchuk, director of Public Relations at Northeast Georgia Health System in a released statement.  “After more than eight months of negotiations and multiple meetings leading up to the contract deadline, we were very surprised when United abruptly ended talks four hours before the deadline without finalizing a new agreement.  We are hopeful United will change their position and decide to continue discussions with us that would bring us to a fair resolution.  At this point, we have yet to hear from them.” 

Local NGHS facilities include:

  • Northeast Georgia Medical Center
  • Urgent Care (all locations including Braselton, Buford and Gainesville)
  • The Imaging Center (all locations including Braselton and Gainesville)
  • The Rehabilitation Institute (all locations including Braselton, Buford, Cleveland, Dahlonega, Dawsonville, Gainesville and Oakwood)
  • The Toccoa Cancer Center
  • Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center

A complete list of NGHS in-network insurance partners is available online at www.nghs.com/insurance-questions. For more information regarding NGHS’ contract negotiations with United, visit www.nghs.com/united.

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R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew August 23, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Does anyone know if United Health Care (UHC) insurance has pulled out of any other locations? Will United Health Care (UHC) insurance healthcare agreement with the State be terminated in Dec 2012?
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew August 31, 2012 at 01:20 AM
(NGHS) and (UHC) are together again as of 8/25 United Healthcare signed a contract on 8/25/12 that allows coverage to be retroactive back to 8/22/12 - no new doctors are needed and the contract is a multiyear item.
Kristi Reed August 31, 2012 at 01:28 AM
That is correct: http://dacula.patch.com/announcements/nghs-reaches-agreement-with-united-healthcare

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