Insurance options at HUMC dwindling

HUMC drops Aetna insurance in Hoboken – who’s next?

12/9/2011 Update:

Next on the list of in-network insurance carriers Hoboken University Medical Center (HUMC) has dropped is Aetna.

At this rate, they’ll stop accepting cash next – and only take gold ingots with Toni Tomarazzo’s face on it.

HUMC in Hoboken no longer accepts United Healthcare & others

12/6/2011:

As most of you know, the recent sale of Hoboken University Medical Center (HUMC) was not without great drama and controversy.

Adding to the list is that as of December 4, 2011 – HUMC no longer accepts United Healthcare / Oxford insurance as an “in network” provider. And from what I’m told, other major carriers (like Cigna for instance) are also out-of-network.

What a great deal for Hoboken residents! Is this part of a designed plan to cause the hospital to fail in order to speed up the “conversion to luxury condos” process?

Click the image below to read what United Healthcare sent out to customers this week.

11 Responses

  1. Mrs. L says:

    Maybe the hospital can rent out all the vacant rooms for bachelorette parties.

  2. whineanddineinhob says:

    Looks as if the new owners aren’t wasting any time creating another “forced” bankruptcy to get those St.Mary Condos off the ground.

  3. ktbc says:

    Does anyone know how the recently approved deal will affect those of us who are paying $185/month to park in the midtown garage? We do not have assigned parking and as it is now, we cannot park on the 3rd floor during the week b/c it’s already reserved for hospital employees. (This was NOT the case when I originally signed up to park in this garage several years ago.) In addition, some of our parking spaces have been reserved for zipcars. Are we going to lose even more spaces?? Are we going to be able to park in the garage at all? When does this all go into effect?

  4. animal_lover says:

    The letter does not state whether the cutoff is for all services including those presently in treatment or if stats for new services. For instance a OB might schedule your delivery for after Dec 4th but it would be completely unethical to cut off current care.

    Also, it opens stating that the new owners somehow want to avail patients of greater “access and affordability”. It does not state how it evaluated another carrier as somehow a more capable insurer. Chances are….chances are… it will be a carrier like Humana who will deny legitimate claim w some flimsy reason. After you have fought for your coverage you would have wished you were self insured. This is the reason that they are cheaper. And check out the new carriers $$ spent on lobbying – the answer is right there. Lastly the owners/administrators and those who “sold” our community hospital will be in bed w each other for more to come…

  5. animal_lover says:

    Read Zimmer’s grandious statement of the sale. She peddles the myth of privatization. It all looks good on paper but the reality is vastly different. Sell a public service/utility to an entity that is beholden to investor is a tricky balance that never happens. When there’s a cost decision that needs to be made it will be in favor of the investor not the constituents that were sold out.

  6. nickwu says:

    Do they still accept the insurance that the city employees are on, like the overweight ones who smoke outside of city hall?

  7. Craig-D says:

    We all knew this was going to happen. They did the same thing at Bayonne Medical Center when they took over that facility . I don’t really care. I wouldn’t use HUMC for anything other than an emergency room visit anyway – and that’s still covered by all insurers by law. We’re across the river from some of the best hospitals in the world and I’m sure most of us can find a few in-network amongst them. Are you really going to choose HUMC for your orthopedic surgery when the Hospital for Special Surgery is right across the Hudson? If I had cancer, I’m heading to Memorial Sloan-Kettering, not HUMC.

    So I’m sure most people would choose to go elsewhere for their in-network non-emergency hospital needs anyway. We’ll see how cutting out most insurance carriers works out for their bottom line. I really hope the new owners of HUMC don’t really think people who can afford to pay for their medical needs in cash would actually choose that place.

  8. philthee says:

    Zimmer and the rest of the reformers better start looking at out of state properties. the hospital will seek bailouts sooner than you think. Some surprise announcement ETA november 2012. Of course they’ll say they never saw it coming. Yeah, right.

  9. showme789 says:

    You really didn’t have to be a genius to see this coming. All of the bobble heads who were cheering on the sale of the hospital were being used as pawns for the money grabbing politicos from south and central Jersey who benefited from the money that was being passed around by the buyers to fund their campaigns. Let’s not forget the Governor who was so keenly interested in paying back the favor for the large contributions to the Republican Party. Zimmer sold out this city and it won’t be long before everyone sees the results of her incompetent behavior. The real crime is watching the taxpayers foot the bills for lawyers who were supposed to be looking out for our best interest.

  10. HearditallB4 says:

    Not only did they pull Aetna, they have pulled United Health Care and AARP as well. I’m told TPTB are in negotiations to have these carriers pay more to the hospital as this was the problem from the very beginning that the hospital was getting paid by the insurance companies the rates that they should have been paying but also the time period in which they should have been paid. It took a month for them to settle with Horizon Direct Access, hopefully it will not be as long for the others (though I doubt it). In the meantime, people like myself needing non-emergency services will have to go elsewhere. I don’t really think that the physicians will like this latest move and their patient load will dwindle thus forcing the hospital to close its doors (which I think may be its original intention) and the people who are touting the sale should think again. It took months for the owner to settle with carriers in Bayonne and that is what he is doing here. Wonder if the fact that he owns two hospitals now gives him leverage? Either way, I was never for this deal and I remain steadfast in my decision. When I do find another facility to get what I need I KNOW I will stay with that facility. It has been said that HUMC has to remain open for 7 yrs., so just when in this 7 yrs is he going to pull “oh we are still in the red and I have reason to claim bankruptcy again to close the doors”. There were better deals out there, but TPTB just wanted to get the “albatross” from around its neck. Nice move, Zimmerites are you going to answer every e-mail, snail mail or listen to every resident affected by this change in what appears to be an impending 14 hour council session? WTG fools!!! :(

    • HearditallB4 says:

      Sorry I meant to say NOT being paid the proper rates in a timely fashion.[quote comment=”212800″]Not only did they pull Aetna, they have pulled United Health Care and AARP as well. I’m told TPTB are in negotiations to have these carriers pay more to the hospital as this was the problem from the very beginning that the hospital was getting paid by the insurance companies the rates that they should have been paying but also the time period in which they should have been paid. It took a month for them to settle with Horizon Direct Access, hopefully it will not be as long for the others (though I doubt it). In the meantime, people like myself needing non-emergency services will have to go elsewhere. I don’t really think that the physicians will like this latest move and their patient load will dwindle thus forcing the hospital to close its doors (which I think may be its original intention) and the people who are touting the sale should think again. It took months for the owner to settle with carriers in Bayonne and that is what he is doing here. Wonder if the fact that he owns two hospitals now gives him leverage? Either way, I was never for this deal and I remain steadfast in my decision. When I do find another facility to get what I need I KNOW I will stay with that facility. It has been said that HUMC has to remain open for 7 yrs., so just when in this 7 yrs is he going to pull “oh we are still in the red and I have reason to claim bankruptcy again to close the doors”. There were better deals out there, but TPTB just wanted to get the “albatross” from around its neck. Nice move, Zimmerites are you going to answer every e-mail, snail mail or listen to every resident affected by this change in what appears to be an impending 14 hour council session? WTG fools!!! [/quote]

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