Highmark, UnitedHealthCare Announce COVID-19 Financial Relief for Health Care Practitioners

Last Updated: Apr 8, 2020

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Commercial insurers operating in Pennsylvania have begun to announce financial support measures to assist health care practitioners who are experiencing financial challenges related to the COVID-19 emergency.

Here’s a look at relief measures announced by UnitedHealthCare (UHC) and Highmark.

UHC Accelerated Payments & Financial Support

On April 7, 2020, UHC announced that it is taking steps to accelerate claim payments to medical and behavioral care providers. This applies to UnitedHealthcare’s fully insured commercial, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid businesses.

Get details in UHC’s press release here and find UHC’s latest COVID-19 updates at www.uhcprovider.com.

Highmark Assistance for Primary Care Physicians

Highmark will assist primary care physicians by advancing payments made through the True Performance reimbursement program. The reimbursement payments would have been made in June. Given that many physician practices are being affected financially by stay-at-home orders and other COVID-19 related issues, the payments will begin going out the week of April 6.

Read Highmark’s press release.

Additional Resources

American’s Health Insurance Plans offers more information on actions insurers have taken in response to COVID-19 here.

For details on how Pennsylvania insurers have expanded telehealth options, check out PAMED’s Telehealth Reference Sheet.

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  1. Robert Brummett | Apr 10, 2020

    My practice revenues (solo practice FM) are down 90% over the past 3 weeks.

    Hearing that the mega-insurers have decided to become “prompt pay” instead of “slow pay” is giving me as much comfort as seeing my neighbor dragging his garden hose over to put out my house fire.

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