United Healthcare and University of Chicago Network Participation Update

United Healthcare and University of Chicago Network Participation Update

Despite continued efforts by both parties to negotiate a new contract, UnitedHealthcare has not yet reached an agreement to extend the University of Chicago’s participation in their network. If they are unable to reach an agreement, the University of Chicago Medical Center and the University of Chicago Physicians Group will no longer participate in the UnitedHealthcare network for employer-sponsored and individual plans, beginning July 1, 2017.

UnitedHealthcare appreciates the role the University of Chicago plays as a provider of care and UnitedHealthcare’s goal remains to find an acceptable solution that would renew in-network access to its hospital and physicians.

University of Chicago Medical Center may no longer accepting United Healthcare Group or Individual Plans unless a deal is reached.

As they continue their discussions with the University of Chicago, here are additional items you need to know:
Continuity of Care may be available to any individuals who may be undergoing active treatment at the University of Chicago Medical Center or with a University of Chicago physician, providing continued in-network benefits for a period of time despite University of Chicago going out of network. Members should call the number on the back of their ID card to see if they may qualify for Continuity of Care.
Please visit http://go.pardot.com/e/189482/universityofchicago/3ppxm4/28849567 for more information about the ongoing discussions between the University of Chicago and UnitedHealthcare.
If UnitedHealthcare is unable to reach an agreement with the University of Chicago, they are fortunate to have relationships with other health care professionals and facilities in the area to ensure the families they serve have uninterrupted access to the care they need. For information regarding other in-network providers, members should call the number on their health plan ID card.

A sample of other in-network options include:


    • Advocate Christ Medical Center
    • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
    • Rush University Medical Center
    • University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center
    • Physician Group
    • Advocate Christ Medical Group/Advocate Physician Partners
    • Northwestern Medical Group (formerly known as Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation)
    • Rush Health physician group
    • University of Illinois physician group

    UnitedHealthcare is committed to working with the University of Chicago in an effort to reach an agreement that supports their members and their employers’ access to quality, affordable health care.

    For more information please contact us for more information.