New Insurance Agreement Gives Patients Choice

Springfield-area residents enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Options PPO plan now have access to Mercy Hospital Springfield and some 430 physicians within Mercy Springfield Communities.

This new network relationship also includes more than 50 doctors who comprise the largest staff of locally-based pediatric specialists in the region at Mercy Kids. Their areas of expertise range from hematology and oncology to neurosurgery, orthopedics, gastroenterology, behavioral health and psychiatry. In addition, Mercy Kids is home to the Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center, a St. Jude-affiliate clinic. For adult patients, Mercy has the most advanced heart, eye and neurology teams in southwest Missouri, along with the region’s only dedicated burn treatment unit.

“We feel it’s important to provide our local community with health care choices – people shouldn’t have to travel to a larger city to see a specialist if there’s one right across town,” said Dr. Robert W. Steele, president of Mercy Hospital Springfield. “Accessing health care in more rural areas can often be challenging because of the limited number of care providers. The addition of Mercy doctors and advanced practitioners to the UnitedHealthcare network should be a great benefit to individuals and families living outside of Springfield.”

Under this new network relationship, Mercy Hospital Cassville will also be in-network for UnitedHealthcare Options PPO plan members. Additionally, Mercy Hospital Aurora and Mercy St. Francis Hospital will be in-network for all UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored plan participants. Mercy Hospital Lebanon continues to be in-network for all UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored plan customers.

“Mercy is an important addition to our care provider network, and we know our customers appreciate having access to quality care close to where they live and work,” said Steve Walli, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Heartland States.  “Our new relationship with Mercy builds on UnitedHealthcare’s commitment to provide Missourians with broader access to quality, cost-effective care.”


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