BeckersHospitalReview.com, April 24, 2017

Stephen Hemsley, CEO of Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group, reported total compensation of $17.8 million for 2016, up roughly 22 percent from $14.5 million in 2015.

Mr. Hemsley’s base salary was $1.3 million in 2016, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mr. Hemsley experienced the highest jump in yearly compensation among the company’s executive team. David Wichmann, president of UnitedHealth, saw his 2016 compensation increase 6 percent to $12.3 million, and Larry Renfro, vice chairman and CEO of Optum, also saw a 6 percent year-over-year increase in compensation to $12.3 million in 2016.

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Tucson.com, April 22, 2017

By, Dave Allazetta (CEO, Arizona Health Plan for UnitedHealthcare)

UnitedHealthcare is honored to serve more than 2 million Arizonans and support their access to quality, affordable health care from more than 26,000 health-care professionals and nearly 100 hospitals across the state. For the last several months, we have been negotiating in good faith with Northwest Healthcare to renew both their hospitals’ and physicians’ participation in our network for employer-sponsored, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid health plans.

Just recently, I reached out to Northwest’s local CEO in hopes of reaching an agreement quickly and amicably. Instead, our team was redirected out of state to negotiate with representatives of Northwest’s Tennessee-based parent company. After months of meetings and conversations, we remain committed to renewing Northwest’s participation in our network given their current contract expires on May 1.

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Tucson.com, April 22, 2017

Local residents with UnitedHealthcare health insurance should be concerned. Your access to high-quality health-care services at Northwest Healthcare is at risk.

Why?

Because over the course of several months, United issued a notice of termination on our contract, demanded a 25 percent cut in its payments and refuses to engage in good-faith negotiations with our health system. If United doesn’t place any urgency on our discussions to renew our contract, our existing agreement will expire on May 1, 2017. That means thousands of United members will no longer have in-network access to our facilities, urgent care locations or physicians.

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Tucson.com, April 18, 2017

With a May 1 deadline looming, a contract dispute between United Healthcare and Northwest Healthcare that would affect thousands of patients here remains at a standstill.

Both for-profit entities have sent letters to patients and providers, explaining that except for emergencies, anyone with UnitedHealthcare stands to lose access to a wide range of providers on Tucson’s Northwest side, including Northwest Medical Center and Oro Valley Hospital. Northwest Healthcare is owned by Tennessee-based Community Health Systems.

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ABC News, April 18, 2017

UnitedHealth’s first-quarter profit soared 35 percent as the nation’s biggest health insurer slashed participation in Affordable Care Act exchanges but grew just about every other part of its business.

The insurer also hiked its 2017 earnings forecast on Tuesday, and company shares started climbing shortly after it detailed results.

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Tucson News Now, April 17, 2017

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) – Contract negotiations between United Healthcare and Northwest Hospital have left thousands of patients wondering about the future of their health care.

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Arizona Daily Star, March 13, 2017

A contract dispute means Tucson residents with UnitedHealthcare may soon be unable to access a large system of northwest-side health providers.

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American Council on Science and Health, February 21, 2017

United Healthcare, the largest provider of Medicare Advantage (MA plans) services, is being sued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for fraud. To give you a sense of United Healthcare’s size consider that just their third quarter revenue was $46.3 billion, up 11.6 per cent from the same period a year earlier, and the bulk of the growth was billing services and data analysis for healthcare groups, which ws up 34 percent since the beginning of 2016.

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