May 8, 2017 / Modified may 8, 2017 3:05 p.m.

UnitedHealthcare and Northwest Mend Broken Ties

Insurer and health care provider had severed ties last week after negotiations failed.

Northwest Medical Center Northwest Medical Center (PHOTO: Northwest Medical Center)

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People with UnitedHealthcare insurance are once again covered at Northwest Healthcare, which runs two hospitals and a network of physicians in Tucson.

The two companies severed ties last week, leaving thousands of residents without access to their doctors. That was after the failure of months of negotiations over how much United would reimburse Northwest for the services it provides patients.

Over the weekend they reached a new three-year agreement that brings Northwest back into the United network. The contract is retroactive, so patients who sought care last week won’t have to pay out of pocket.

According to a statement from Northwest, the contract is similar to the ones it holds with other large health insurers in the area.

United estimates that around 46,000 of its members in Tucson receive some sort of treatment or care through Northwest.

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