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Tenet, Humana Renew Multiyear Contract

By John Commins  
   January 15, 2019

The early renewal of a four-year contract ensures that Humana's 21 million members will have in-network access to Tenet hospitals and ancillary healthcare services in 47 states.

Tenet Healthcare Corp. and Humana Inc., once locked in a bitter contract dispute, have renewed a long-term relationship.

The two companies announced jointly on Tuesday that they signed an early renewal of their current contract that extends their relationship through May 2023 and gives Humana's members in-network access to Tenet hospitals, outpatient centers and employed physicians.

George Renaudin, senior vice president at Louisville, Kentucky-based Humana, said the agreement with Tenet "ensures continued in-network access to Tenet facilities and physicians for Humana members, and it reflects our ongoing commitment to provide a broad range of high quality healthcare options for the people we serve."

Tenet and Human were locked in a months-long contract dispute and severed ties on Oct. 1, 2016, with each side blaming the other. That dispute was eventually resolved, and Tenet hospitals rejoined the Humana network in June 2017.

Dallas-based Tenet operates 68 acute-care and specialty hospitals in 47 states, an expanded network of clinics and outpatient services, and is affiliated with more than 32,000 physicians. Humana covers more than 21 million people nationwide.

Ron Rittenmeyer, Tenet executive chairman and CEO, said he was "pleased to have reached this agreement with Humana, and look forward to continuing to provide their members with high-quality care and trusted service today and into the future."

John Commins is a content specialist and online news editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.


KEY TAKEAWAYS

Renewed contract extends until May 2023.

Humana says the new contract 'reflects our ongoing commitment to provide a broad range of high quality healthcare options for the people we serve.'


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