UnitedHealthcare, Scotland Health ink new deal

Health insurer UnitedHealthcare and Laurinburg, N.C.-based Scotland Health Care System have entered into a new agreement, according to a Laurinburg Exchange report.

Scotland Health entered into a long-term management agreement with Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas HealthCare System in 2009. When Carolinas HealthCare and UnitedHealthcare failed to negotiate a new agreement before their contract expired at the end of February, Scotland Health, along with Carolinas HealthCare's other providers, were considered out-of-network for UnitedHealthcare members.

The new agreement doesn't apply to other Carolinas HealthCare providers and is solely between Scotland Health and UnitedHealthcare. According to a UnitedHealthcare spokesman, Daryl Richard, the insurer is still in discussions with Carolinas HealthCare.

"We are pleased to have renewed our relationship with UnitedHealthcare, which gives their plan participants in-network access to our quality physicians and services," Greg Wood, president and CEO of Scotland Health, told the Laurinburg Exchange. "Our focus remains on what matters most, which is delivering high-quality care to our patients.”

The agreement between UnitedHealthcare and Scotland Health is retroactive to March 1.

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