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Tampa, Florida -- BayCare Health System and United Healthcare announced Friday evening they have reached a new, five-year agreement.

A release from BayCare Health System explains that, effective immediately, patients with UnitedHealthcare's commercial insurance and Medicare Advantage plans once again have in-network access to BayCare's hospitals, facilities, services and physicians.

In addition, UnitedHealthcare members who received care at BayCare on or after Nov. 26 will be considered in-network.

"We heard from our community about how important it is to continue receiving care from BayCare. We worked hard to reach resolution, and we are pleased with the outcome," BayCare's president/CEOStephen Mason said in a media release."The new agreement strikes the right balance between fair reimbursements and keeping health care affordable for Tampa Bay area residents."

"BayCare is an important provider of health care services to the Tampa community. Our renewed network relationship gives all UnitedHealthcare plan participants access to quality medical facilities and skilled physicians close to where they live and work," said David Lewis, CEO, North/Central Florida, UnitedHealthcare. "We are glad to have developed a five-year relationship and framework for further health advancement that benefits Florida residents and supports both organizations' mission to provide access to affordable, high quality care."

BayCare is now in-network with the following UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans:

  • AARP┬« MedicareComplete┬«
  • UnitedHealthcare Dual CompleteTM
  • UnitedHealthcare group retiree Medicare Advantage plans
  • UnitedHealthcare Nursing Home Plan

BayCare's physician groups also are now in-network with UnitedHealthcare, including:

  • HealthPoint Medical Group
  • Morton Plant Mease Immediate Care
  • Morton Plant Mease Primary Care
  • Morton Plant Mease Specialists
  • St. Anthony's Primary Care
  • St. Anthony's Specialists
  • Suncoast Medical Clinic

For a full list of BayCare's hospitals, facilities, services and physician groups that are under the new agreement, visit www.baycare.org/healthplans.

UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group company, serves more than 2.7 million people throughout Florida with a care provider network of more than 230 hospitals and 28,500 physicians statewide.

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