Despite recent claims that all contract negotiations have ceased, healthcare corporation Piedmont Healthcare and national healthcare insurer UnitedHealthcare will meet face-to-face this week to continue discussions, according to a letter sent to area employees.
The email indicated that in order to move negotiations forward, key representatives of both Piedmont and UnitedHealthcare would meet once again, this time in person.
“The plan is a closed-door negotiation session around the key items still in dispute,” the letter read.
The latest attempt at negotiations comes on the heels of a months-long battle between the healthcare company and the well-known insurer, which most recently resulted in the loss of insurance coverage for hundreds of local patients insured by United and living in Newnan where the primary health care facility is Piedmont Newnan Hospital and the company’s affiliated physicians.
Though Piedmont’s chief consumer officer, Matt Gove, recently declared that the corporation was “planning a future without UnitedHealthcare,” many residents and patients remained hopeful that an eventual agreement would be established, and that further negotiations would lead to a new contract ensuring patients insured by United would have access to local physicians without paying large, out-of-pocket expenses.