Medical Mutual brings all University Hospitals facilities into its network
Medical Mutual of Ohio and University Hospitals have come to an agreement to include all UH facilities in the insurer’s SuperMed network, reversing a contractual decision made more than 20 years ago that excluded UH main campus and UH Bedford.
Leaders believe that the agreement, announced July 27, will bring UH more patients and give Medical Mutual a competitive advantage it’s been missing for two decades.
Bringing all UH services and facilities into the network has been a goal for Medical Mutual CEO Rick Chiricosta since he took the job in 2009. “If there’s one thing that is probably equally important and maybe more important is cost and so the challenge has always been how do you get this done, how do you improve access and make sure that the cost of healthcare is kept at the same or lower level,” he said. “And we’ve finally found a way to get that done, and that’s the part that I’m just so happy and proud about.”
Bedford and all of the main campus facilities were the entirety of the UH system at the time of the contractual decision in the 1990s. Other medical centers that have been added since then, such as Ahuja, Parma and Geauga, were worked into the network as they came online.
But Medical Mutual members who wanted to receive care on the main campus, which contains much of UH’s specialty programs and technology, would have to pay out-of-network costs.
Of Medical Mutual’s 1.5 million members, about 650,000 of them live in northeast Ohio.