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Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, UnitedHealthcare resolve contract impasse

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Greenville, S.C.-based Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealthcare extended their previously terminated contract through June 30 to avoid a lapse in in-network coverage for approximately 10,000 patients, according to a WSPA.com report.

Bon Secours Medical Group, the physician group of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, dropped its contract with UnitedHealthcare Feb. 15 after six months of failed negotiations. The temporary contract is retroactive to Feb. 15 and will allow affected UnitedHealthcare policyholders to continue seeing Bon Secours physicians at discounted prices.

The impasse resulted from a rate dispute in which UnitedHealthcare argued Bon Secours’ rate request was too high. The provider countered, stating the insurer’s reimbursement rates were insufficient, according to a GreenvilleOnline report. 

The two entities said they are working on a long-term contract, according to WSPA.com.  

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