Latest Missouri State Medical Association News
Jun 18, 2014
UnitedHealthcare cuts Missouri physicians from Medicare Advantage Saved « » UnitedHealthcare signage is displayed outside of a store in the Queens borough of New York, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. PHOTO BY MICHAEL NAGLE/BLOOMBERG NEWS UnitedHealthcare has notified more physicians in Missouri that they will be removed from the company's Medicare Advantage plan on Sept. 1. This is the second round of cuts to UnitedHealthcare's Medicare Advantage physician ranks, following reductions in April. Dr. Joseph Craft, a cardiologist for Mercy and president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society, said his organization is hearing every day from doctors who have received a termination notice. While the society is not aware yet just how many of its members have been terminated, "We know ultimately this is going to affect thousands of patients in the St. Louis area," Craft said. UnitedHealthcare initially terminated almost 100 Missouri physicians from its Medicare Advantage plan in April, which prompted a scathing letter from the Missouri State Medical Association. But a background paper from the company asserted that eventually 5 percent to 7 percent of the more than 10,000 physicians in the state would be eliminated this year. Missouri is not alone. Last year, UnitedHealthcare began making cuts in in several states, amounting to the termination of more than 30,000 physicians so far. Copyright 2014 stltoday.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.