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Contract completed!

December 31, 2010

OK, this is all I have so far, but I’m guessing this PR language means Care New England and United Health Care have reached an agreement-

UnitedHealthcare members to continue receiving access to quality health care from Care New England facilities and physicians.

Here’s the full press release-

CARE NEW ENGLAND AND UNITEDHEALTHCARE SIGN NEW AGREEMENT

UnitedHealthcare members to continue receiving access to quality health care from Care New England facilities and physicians

WARWICK, RI ( December 31, 2010) – Care New England and UnitedHealthcare have announced a new agreement that continues the hospitals’ participation in the UnitedHealthcare network and gives plan participants uninterrupted access to the hospitals’ facilities and physicians.

The new two-year agreement provides coverage for UnitedHealthcare commercial, Medicare and Medicaid customers at Care New England facilities including, Women & Infants, Kent and Butler. The agreement includes meaningful quality and patient safety and administrative simplification provisions as well as a movement to a DRG payment methodology, which provides a flat fee to cover care for a condition instead of a fee for each service provided.

“Care New England is an important provider of health care services in Rhode Island, and we are very pleased that our customers will continue to have in-network access to their medical services,” said Stephen Farrell, CEO of UnitedHealthcare’s New England health plan. ” Our agreement emphasizes our joint commitment to delivering broad access to quality and affordable health care to our customers.”

“Our patients are our number one priority,” said John J. Hynes, Esq., president and CEO of Care New England, “and upholding the standard of care they have come to expect is of the utmost importance. Our new agreement with United Healthcare ensures that we can continue to invest in the programs, facilities, equipment and medical talent that our community depends on.”

By mutual agreement of the parties, specific terms of the contract will remain confidential.

About Care New England

Care New England, located in Providence, was founded in 1996 by Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital. Care New England is a not-for-profit health care system that offers a continuum of quality care. Our system includes two teaching hospitals affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler and Women & Infants; Kent Hospital, a community hospital which is a teaching affiliate of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine; a visiting nurse and home care/hospice agency, VNA of Care New England; and the Care New England Wellness Center. For more information about Care New England, please visit carenewengland.org.

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare (www.unitedhealthcare.com <http://www.unitedhealthcare.com/> ) provides a full spectrum of consumer-oriented health benefits plans and services to individuals, public sector employers and businesses of all sizes, including more than half of the Fortune 100 companies. The company organizes access to quality, affordable health care services on behalf of approximately 25 million individual consumers, contracting directly with more than 600,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals to offer them broad, convenient access to services nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.

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