The Mayo Clinic and UnitedHealthcare have come to terms on a provider network agreement, the health system announced Thursday.
The Mayo Clinic stopped accepting appointments from out-of-network patients to preserve hospital capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic early this year. The deal adds the health system's Rochester, Minnesota, flagship location and other Midwest sites to the network for UnitedHealthcare's Medicare Advantage plans starting Jan. 1. In addition, the two companies extended an ongoing arrangement that designates all Mayo Clinic locations as in-network for the UnitedHealth Group subsidiary's commercial and individual members.
"Agreements between Mayo Clinic and leading insurers such as UnitedHealthcare help ensure access for patients who need serious and complex care," Dr. Lyell Jones, Mayo Clinic's medical director for contracting and payer relations, said in a news release.
The companies didn't disclose the financial terms of the deal.
"We're grateful for the opportunity to begin providing our Medicare Advantage members network access to Mayo Clinic's facilities and physicians," Craig Stillman, the CEO UnitedHealthcare's Medicare operations in the upper Midwest, said in the news release.
Correction: This article has been updated to clarify the terms of the deal with respect to UnitedHealthcare's Medicare Advantage, commercial and individual policyholders.