MAG calling for practices to report new UHC take-it-or-leave-it terms ASAP

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging physicians and applicable practice staff in the state whose practice has been or will be forced out-of-network as a result of recent UnitedHealthcare take-it-or-leave-it contract practices to contact Ryan Larosa at rlarosa@mag.org as soon as possible.

“MAG has received multiple reports that UHC is effectively forcing medical practices to accept untenable cuts in reimbursement if they want to remain in-network,” says MAG Executive Director Donald J. Palmisano Jr. “This profit-driven move will exacerbate the balance billing problem and underscores the need to eliminate the insurance gaps that result in surprise medical bills.”

He believes that, “The bottom line is that UHC’s actions are going to result in narrower networks, and it’s not something the company disclosed during the recent open-enrollment period.”

And Palmisano stresses that, “Physician and practice feedback is essential so we can determine the scope of the problem – and it’s information MAG will use in its advocacy efforts to seek legislative and regulatory remedies on behalf of physicians and their patients.”