UnitedHealth Care Extends Physician Appeal Deadline to February 11

February 4, 2009

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As a result of requests by the American Medical Association (AMA), UnitedHealthcare (UHC) has agreed to extend the January 27, 2009, physician appeal deadline for its UnitedHealth Premium® physician designation program (PDP) two full weeks to February 11, 2009.

All properly filed appeals received by this date will be adjudicated by UHC prior to UHC's use or release of these new ratings. This additional review period provides approximately 220,000 UHC-contracted physicians in 20 specialties in parts of 37 states with an extended opportunity to review their data and analysis and, if necessary, request reconsideration of their designation. Physicians who are unable to meet this new deadline may still appeal their rating at any time, and UHC will update any changes in physician ratings on a weekly basis.

If you appeal, please make sure that the basis for the appeal and supporting information are included as well as the signed attestation statement.