CIGNA, UNC Health, come to terms

December 29, 2009 4:15:56 PM PST
CIGNA health insurance customers can breathe a sigh of relief. They won't be shopping for new doctors in 2010.

The University of North Carolina Health Care System and CIGNA HealthCare of North Carolina announced Tuesday that they've signed a last minute two-year contract, effective January 1.

The deal on reimbursement rates comes after weeks of negotiations and a war of words in the media in which both sides accused the other of being unreasonable.

UNC said in a news release Tuesday that CIGNA customers will continue to have "uninterrupted access to the full range of inpatient and outpatient services at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and Raleigh’s Rex Healthcare, as well as UNC and Rex physicians."

“It was very important for UNC Health Care and CIGNA to work together to ensure continued coverage for the thousands of patients who choose us for their care,” said Dr. William L. Roper, dean of UNC’s School of Medicine and chief executive officer of UNC Health Care. “We take our responsibility to the people of North Carolina very seriously and are pleased to make this announcement.”

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