UnitedHealthcare Cuts More Physicians From Medicare Plan

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UnitedHealthcare plans to trim 5 to 7 percent of Missouri physicians from its Medicare Advantage plan in 2014.| Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert

UnitedHealthcare, which terminated almost 100 Missouri physicians from its Medicare Advantage plan in April, has notified more physicians in Missouri that they will be removed on Sept. 1. The provider said in April that eventually 5 percent to 7 percent of the more than 10,000 physicians in the state would be eliminated this year.

UnitedHealthcare, the largest carrier of Medicare Advantage plans for seniors in the nation, with about 95,000 plan members in Missouri, did not give a reason for the terminations. A leading physician in the state said he thought UnitedHealthcare might be trying to push patients into service delays or toward doctors affiliated with bigger medical groups.

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