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WOONSOCKET â€“ UnitedHealthcare of New England is seeking the Department of Healthâ€™s approval to cut Landmark Medical Center and 52 of its physicians from the medical insurerâ€™s coverage network, a move that would affect thousands of northern Rhode Islanders who regularly use Landmark.
The request comes after United and Landmark, newly acquired by the California-based for-profit hospital chain Prime Healthcare Services, were unable to iron out a new contract when the hospital emerged from receivership last year.
Landmark President Richard Charest says the hospitalâ€™s position is that Unitedâ€™s reimbursement rates are unfairly low in comparison to what other hospitals are paid for the same procedures.
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