Pediatricians throughout the nation are claiming the nation’s largest insurer is shortchanging them for administering COVID-19 vaccines, jeopardizing entry to the primary instrument for stopping the virus’ unfold.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has fielded complaints from suppliers nationwide who’re annoyed that UnitedHealth Group is paying about 50% of the federal charge for vaccine administration, stated Dr. Sue Kressly, who chairs the AAP’s fee advocacy advisory committee and runs Pennsylvania-based Kressly Pediatrics. Whereas UnitedHealthcare shouldn’t be legally required to pay the federal charge, Kressly stated the Minnetonka, Minnesota-based insurer is the one nationwide provider that has not agreed to pay not less than $40 for vaccine administration.
The insurer additionally continues to pay pediatricians and household drugs suppliers below-market charges for COVID-19 checks, Kressly stated, a problem the New York Occasions revealed in February. With new variants of COVID-19 persevering with to emerge, Kressly fearful that low charges for testing