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UnitedHealthcare and Aurora Health Care announce new long-term agreementFriday, June 10, 2005
All Aurora physicians and facilities are now accessible through UnitedHealthcare’s health plans
UnitedHealthcare and Aurora Health Care today announced a new 15-year agreement that will expand health care options and enhance the accessibility of care for hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin residents.
The new agreement means that UnitedHealthcare customers now have access to all 13 Aurora hospitals, as well as nearly 800 Aurora physicians practicing in 100 clinics in cities and small towns throughout eastern Wisconsin. The contract’s effective date is June 1, 2005.
G. Edwin Howe, president of Aurora, also welcomed the agreement.
“UnitedHealthcare shares our commitment to finding better ways to deliver health care, and we are pleased that our two organizations will be working together toward this goal in the years ahead,” Howe said.
This ground-breaking agreement for UnitedHealthcare ties Aurora’s reimbursement in part to its ability to meet jointly established quality improvement goals. This novel approach is consistent with UnitedHealthcare’s longstanding commitment to promote evidence-based decision-making and nationally recognized standards of care, and will benefit employers and employees alike by promoting consistent, high-quality care.
“This marks the first time that an insurer has entered into a contract with us that recognizes Aurora’s extensive work in quality improvement,” said Donald J. Nestor, Aurora’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. “We applaud UnitedHealthcare’s commitment to quality improvement and position as leading innovators in the health insurance industry.”
Eric Christianson, M.D., medical director of UnitedHealthcare in Wisconsin, said: “UnitedHealthcare strives to promote the use of best practices in medicine through everything we do, and Aurora shares this same commitment. We believe that Aurora’s success in implementing best practices will translate into better health outcomes and reduced costs.”
Fulkerson said: “This agreement not only enhances access to care for our customers, but also provides incentives for continually improving the quality of care. We have a responsibility to negotiate contracts that provide access to care that is of the highest quality and also affordable. We’re confident that this contract provides competitive pricing and preserves UnitedHealthcare’s ability to deliver affordable, high quality products to Wisconsin consumers.”
Nestor said: “UnitedHealthcare has built a reputation as a careful guardian of costs, and we are pleased to be working in partnership with UnitedHealthcare to address the health care cost concerns of employers and consumers.”
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