UnitedHealthcare, UC Health giving health plan customers continued access to care at UC Physicians and UC Health hospitals

By Mark Shuller - Email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) – UnitedHealthcare and UC Health have extended their network relationship in a multi-year agreement, giving UnitedHealthcare commercial and Medicare plan participants continued access to UC Physicians and UC Health's hospitals.

UC Physicians is the University of Cincinnati's practice plan and the region's largest multispecialty group.  UC Health hospitals include University Hospital, West Chester Hospital, Drake Center and the UC Health Surgical Hospital. The hospitals of UC Health represent Cincinnati's only academic health system, offering unique health care services and programs including the region's only adult, Level I Trauma Center and Primary Stroke Center; the UC Neuroscience Institute; the UC Cancer Institute, which is home to Cincinnati's only adult, phase 1 clinical trial program; the UC Cardiovascular Institute; and Cincinnati's only accredited adult burn center.

"UC Health is an important provider of innovative and life-saving health care services in the Greater Cincinnati area and a key participant in our network of care providers," said Rob Falkenberg, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Ohio. "UnitedHealthcare looks forward to strengthening our relationship with UC Health to provide our customers continued access to quality and affordable health care."

"We are very pleased to extend our relationship with UnitedHealthcare, which recognizes the value that the only academic medical center in Cincinnati provides to UnitedHealthcare members. Through this agreement, which is built around performance and quality-based metrics and reimbursements, UnitedHealthcare members will continue to receive high-quality, innovative care through our hospitals and also have access to the talented specialists and primary care physicians of UC Physicians, said James A. Kingsbury, President and CEO of UC Health."

"We are pleased to continue our relationship with UnitedHealthcare in providing high-quality, evidence-based subspecialty medical care to patients in this region. Through our affiliation with the UC College of Medicine, UC Physicians educates quality physicians who care for the people of the greater Cincinnati region. Additionally, we invest in specialized services, most of which are available only here at UC Health," said Thomas Boat, M.D., CEO of UC Physicians and executive associate dean and professor of pediatrics at the UC College of Medicine.

UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, serves more than 1.3 million Ohioans with a care provider network of more than 24,000 physicians and 180 hospitals statewide.