2017United still hasn’t responded to Northwest’s proposal from February 21.
March 29 & 31
2017Northwest contacts United to negotiate and offers an extension to the contract in order to not disrupt members’ care. United reiterates original 25% rate reduction, refuses to negotiate and refuses to extend the contract.
2017During discussion with David Allazetta, Northwest offers weekly meetings. United declines. Northwest again agrees to including value-based contract.
2017Meeting with United. United will not compromise on 25% cut. Northwest agrees to including value-based contract.
2017Northwest proposes contract that includes single digit rate adjustment in the first year and lower adjustments over the following two years plus value-based care participation.
2016United issues termination of contract with Northwest effective May 1, 2017 and demands an immediate 25% rate reduction. United included proposal of new value-based contract.
2016United declined to offer Northwest a value-based contract.
2016Discussions begin on value-based care contract with United.
What This Means for You
United members’ access to Northwest Healthcare will vary based on the benefits included in your specific health insurance plan. If you are scheduled for an upcoming surgery with Tucson Surgery Center, please call us directly at (520) 731-5533. If you are scheduled for an upcoming surgery at the Center for Pain Management, please call us directly at (520) 322-2568. We’re here to help and ensure you continue to have access to your preferred Northwest Healthcare providers. In all other instances, United members should call the number on the back of their insurance card to understand their out-of-network benefits.
Your access to emergency care at Northwest Medical Center, Oro Valley Hospital and Northwest Emergency Center Vail is not impacted. You can continue to receive emergency care at our Emergency Rooms, regardless of our network status with United.
As one of the premier health systems in Tucson, Northwest Healthcare is a vital part of the region’s access to high-quality care. This issue goes beyond a single healthcare provider, a health plan, and its members. It’s a matter that impacts our entire healthcare community. Stand up to United and urge them to put patients – and our community – before its financial motivations.