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News About UnitedHealthcare and About USAP

DOCTORS ACCUSE UNITEDHEALTHCARE OF STIFLING COMPETITION

U.S. Anesthesia partners is suing UnitedHealthcare in Texas and Colorado for forcing the doctors out of its network and for using its enormous clout to pressure hospitals and surgeons to stop referring patients to them.

The New York Times – April 1, 2021

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April 1, 2021

U.S. Anesthesia Partners Signs Three-Year Agreement with Cigna HealthCare of Florida, Inc.

U.S. Anesthesia Partners, Inc. (USAP) announced a long-term agreement for USAP’s almost 600 clinicians in Florida to continue providing in-network anesthesia care for Cigna's Florida members. The agreement is unique in its incorporation of multiple pay-for-performance and patient quality metrics.

Bloomberg - February 10, 2021

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February 10, 2021

U.S. Anesthesia Partners and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Sign Four-Year Agreement

U.S. Anesthesia Partners, Inc. (USAP) and Blue Cross Blue and Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) announced a long-term agreement for USAP’s more than 2,500 clinicians in Texas to continue providing in-network anesthesia care for BCBSTX members through 2024.

USAP - December 3, 2020

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February 9, 2021

AHA Urges Strict Antitrust Review of UnitedHealth's $13B Change Buy

The nation's most powerful hospital lobby is pushing antitrust regulators to go over UnitedHealth Group's bid to acquire data analytics company Change Healthcare with a fine-tooth comb, alleging the sale could reduce competition for health IT services to providers.

HealthcareDive – March 19, 2021

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February 8, 2021

UnitedHealth Group’s revenue grows in 2020, thanks to its insurance business

Fourth-quarter revenue for UnitedHealth climbed to $65.47 billion, up from $60.9 billion in the same quarter a year earlier. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had forecast revenue of $64.96 billion.

Wall Street Journal - January 20, 2021

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January 20, 2021

UnitedHealthcare Cuts Clinician Pay and Patient Benefits During COVID-19 Pandemic

On New Year’s Eve, amid a surge of COVID cases nationwide and after a year that included record profits, UnitedHealthcare pushed 25,000 emergency room doctors out of its network.

Envision Healthcare - December 31, 2020

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December 31, 2020

Healthcare feud leads to thousands in unexpected anesthesiology fees for new Charlotte parents

UnitedHealthcare’s termination of its contract with Providence Anesthesiology Associates results in unanticipated $7,000 bill for anesthesia in birth of couple’s son.

Charlotte Agenda - September 3, 2020

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September 3, 2020

United’s “terminate to negotiate” strategy disrupts patient care

A second prong of United’s strategy to drive down physician reimbursement rates appears to involve competing as an independent participant in the market.

JDSupra - March 24, 2020

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March 24, 2020

UnitedHealthcare likely to keep squeezing physician-staffing firms

The nation's largest private insurer has been terminating its contracts with physician staffing firms in a bid to extract lower prices, part of a years-long pattern analysts say could spur other payers to follow.

HealthcareDive - March 11, 2020

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March 11, 2020

Examples of How Quality Care Helps Patients

Physician anesthesiologists were made for this moment

No greater example exists to highlight the skill level and commitment to patient care of physician anesthesiologists than their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Faced with a challenge to administer safe care with the critical delicacy and attention to detail needed for this crisis, anesthesiologists stepped up.

Tallahassee Democrat - February 21, 2021

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February 21, 2021

‘Even with COVID, welcoming a baby is an amazing experience.’ A Seattle mom’s story

The day before baby Emi was born, her mother, Tina Jander, tested positive for COVID-19. She was one of a handful of women who had by then delivered babies at Swedish Medical Center while carrying the virus, and the only one to deliver by C-section. Her USAP anesthesiologist was key to making the experience positive.

The Seattle Times - June 8, 2020

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June 8, 2020

The Airway Team: On the job with specialists doing COVID-19's most dangerous procedure

Hospitals around the world rely on anesthesiologists and other experts to team up on one of the riskiest COVID-19 procedures: intubation. For medical staff right now, doing that well, doing it quickly, doing it cleanly and safely is literally a matter of life and death. 

National Post - April 18, 2020

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April 18, 2020

The Airway Team: On the job with specialists doing COVID-19's most dangerous procedure Copy

Hospitals around the world rely on anesthesiologists and other experts to team up on one of the riskiest COVID-19 procedures: intubation. For medical staff right now, doing that well, doing it quickly, doing it cleanly and safely is literally a matter of life and death. 

National Post - April 18, 2020

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April 18, 2020

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Anesthesia clinician in the UK comforts gravely ill COVID-19 patients

As a hospital consultant working in intensive care, the reality of coronavirus and patients’ fear is brought home to me every day

The Guardian - January 31, 2021

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January 31, 2021

The U.S. has lots of ventilators, but too few specialists to operate them

Ventilators are far more plentiful in hospitals than they were eight months ago. But now, many hot spots face a different problem: They have enough ventilators, but not nearly enough respiratory therapists, pulmonologists and critical care doctors who have the training to operate the machines and provide round-the-clock care for patients who cannot breathe on their own.

New York Times - November 22, 2020

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November 22, 2020

Doctors Are Calling It Quits Under Stress of the Pandemic

Thousands of medical practices are closing, as doctors and nurses decide to retire early or shift to less intense jobs. Dr. Michael Peck, 66, an anesthesiologist in Rockville, Md., decided to leave after working in April in the hospital’s intensive care unit, intubating critically ill patients, and worrying about his own health.

New York Times - November 15, 2020

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November 15, 2020

Understanding Medical-Care Reimbursement

Infographic: Who pays for healthcare in the United States?

In 1960, only half of hospital care was paid for by insurance, and 96% of spending on prescription drugs came out of the consumer’s pocket. The creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1966 and the rise of private insurance in the following decades led to increasing shares of spending paid for by insurance and decreases in the share of out-of-pocket spending.

California Health Care Foundation - May 26, 2020

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May 26, 2020

Medicare reimbursement falls short of care delivery costs

More than two-thirds (67%) of medical practices report that 2019 Medicare payments will not cover the cost of delivering care to beneficiaries according to a new MGMA Stat poll. Practices often rely on commercial contracts covering non-Medicare patients to offset the shortfall.

MGMA - January 16, 2019

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January 16, 2019