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Florida hospital, UnitedHealthcare split affects 17,500 patients' coverage

UnitedHealthcare's contract with Boca Raton (Fla.) Regional Hospital expired June 30, affecting about 17,500 beneficiaries, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Three quick facts:

1. Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Boca Raton Hospital Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Centers are now out of network for UnitedHealthcare's commercial, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid benefit plans. Out-of-state, Neighborhood Health and Oxford plans are also out of network.

2. The contract termination does not affect UnitedHealthcare's physician agreements; it only applies to the hospital agreement.

3. Negotiations are ongoing. The two entities have been unable to reach an agreement since talks began about a month ago.

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