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By Times Staff Report
Published August 29, 2006

What’s the issue between HCA and United HealthCare?

HCA, which operates nine hospitals in the Tampa Bay area, and United, which has about 500,000 members locally, were unable to reach terms on a new contract. After the existing contract expired on Aug. 29, United dropped those HCA hospitals from its network.

What does that mean for United HealthCare’s members?

It means the insurer will not pay for procedures performed at HCA hospitals. United HealthCare’s members will continue to have coverage at non-HCA hospitals in the area, however.

Which hospitals will remain in United’s network?

In Pinellas County, All Childrens, Bayfront Medical Center, Helen Ellis Memorial, Mease Dunedin, Mease Countryside, Morton Plant, Palms of Pasadena, Sun Coast and St. Anthony’s.

In Hillsborough, Memorial Hospital, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, St. Joseph’s, Tampa General, Town and Country, South Florida Baptist, University Community-Carrollwood and University Community-Fletcher.

In Citrus, Citrus Memorial and Seven Rivers Community.

In Hernando, Brooksville Regional and Spring Hill Regional.

In Pasco, East Pasco Medical Center, Morton Plant-Mease North Bay and Pasco Regional Medical Center.

Which local hospitals are owned by HCA and will be out of the United network?

Oak Hill Hospital in Hernando County; Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and Community Hospital New Port Richey in Pasco County; Largo, Northside, St. Petersburg General and Edward White hospitals in Pinellas County; and Brandon and South Bay hospitals in Hillsborough County.

What happens if I have a medical emergency?

You should go to the nearest hospital, regardless of whether it is part of your insurance network. United will cover treatment in an emergency situation regardless of where the care is provided. Once your condition is stabilized, you will be moved to a hospital in the United network.

What if I already have surgery or a birth scheduled at an HCA hospital?

United said members with previously scheduled procedures at HCA hospitals should call the customer service number on the back of their ID cards to make other arrangements.

[Last modified September 1, 2006, 22:48:43]

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