My prescription required pre authorization for the new year. My doctor's office was very quick to react with appropriate documentation. Unfortunately United Healthcare was very incompetent. Making multiple calls (more than 4) and being put on hold for an average of at least 12 minutes per call I finally asked the person ** to pull up the pre-authorization approval and verify that it was correctly submitted. It was then determined that United Healthcare had completely messed it up. They had corrected the verbiage of the message but had "forgot" to change the unit of measure.
I was then told to call back in 2 hours because the department that handled pre-authorizations was not open. It was I, as a consumer, asked that they open the pre-authorization to verify that it it was correctly filled out before one of the 5 representatives I talked to finally opened the document and discovered that my script had not been filled in 4 days due to their own incompetence.
My career has been in analysis and problem resolution and the most basic, first step process is to review the document that is causing the problem. Yet, none of the representatives even though about doing this until I, the customer, recommended that they do this. Even after they finally see what they messed up it will take 3 hours for them to correct it. Sadly, before I made the request for them to open the pre-authorization form all of the representatives were submitting a request for review which would have taken anywhere from 2 to 7 days.
I have already been without the prescribed medication for 4 days. I was looking at potentially another 7 days without medication. It is fortunate that this was not a life threatening medication and in need of quick resolution by such an inept company. I am appalled at such ineptness and disgusted with this service. I now have to drive in an ice storm to pick up a script that is 4 days late due to the incompetence of this company.
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- My doctor requested an MRI authorization from United Healthcare. United Healthcare denied the procedure. BUT, they paid the vendor when they submitted their bill. When I called United Healthcare about the authorization and if I could pay for the procedure myself. I was told by 2 customer service reps that I could submit the bill and I would be compensated. NOT!!
After 2 months of discussion with various customer service reps (every time I called, I had to give all the particulars of the situation as they could not find the info in their system). Each call took about 60 minutes. At this point, I was told that United Healthcare did not make payments to members but had to pay the vendor. When I asked to speak to a supervisor on one of the calls, I had to ask 4 times and get nasty before they transferred me to a supervisor. I was told I could file a grievance and claim.
I received a letter from United Healthcare that they would "discuss" my displeasure with their customer service dept. LOTS GOOD THAT DID I AM SURE. I was told that even though United Healthcare paperwork said the grievance and claim process took 60 days. A customer service supervisor said it wasn't 60 days BUT 60 BUSINESS DAYS. Quite a difference. We have just asked United Healthcare how we would be compensated for emergency services out of country. I was told that I could submit a claim to United Healthcare and they would pay me.
REALLY - United Healthcare wouldn't compensate me for a procedure in the United States and I am to believe they would compensate me out of country??? I would not recommend United Healthcare to anyone and plan to select another medical provider during the current enrollment period.
MINNETONKA, MINNESOTA -- I just read an article that says, “Hospital executives rank United Healthcare as the worst insurance company in the United States.” (It is available here: www.allbusiness.com/health-care/health-care-facilities). This will come as no surprise to many members and providers alike. Like many others, I want to share my recent experience with United Health Care so that people can decide for themselves whether or not this is the kind of health insurance they feel they want to purchase for their families.
I am a neuropsychologist and was asked to see a UHC member for neuropsychological testing. I filled out all of the appropriate forms required by United Healthcare and received a telephone call authorizing me to test their member. They gave me a cap on the hours (13 hours total) and an authorization number. I provided the services as promised and then sent the appropriate claim to the United Healthcare offices.
When they sent me the check, there was a note on the Explanation of Benefits saying I had agreed to a discounted fee (an approximately 50% discount, mind you) through an organization called MultiPlan (If you haven't heard of them, you're in for a treat. They contract with insurance companies to try to persuade clinicians to agree to a reduced fee and they get paid a percentage of what they "save" the insurance company.) Needless to say, I do not and never will have an agreement with this company, as I do not support business practices such as this.
When I contacted United Healthcare to straighten this out, they told me I had to deal with MultiPlan. Multiplan never answers their phone (I wonder why) so I got nowhere until I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. This got the attention of **, a Consumer Affairs Advocate for UHC (1-800-842-2656). She researched this issue and came up with a fabulous solution!
She decided that United Healthcare had authorized this treatment in error and paid me in error AFTER I HAD RENDERED THE AUTHORIZED TREATMENT to their member. They then "recalculated" the claim form and decided that I actually owe THEM money! They have asked for the entire amount back ($966.68). They have a very fancy way of explaining their "logic" and have added that the original error was with their processor and they have arranged for her "to receive additional training or other intervention as appropriate."
With a second patient, they attempted to get me to accept a reduced fee through MultiPlan for another member and I declined. After that, they refused to pay me AT ALL for the services I provided to the other member while he was in the hospital. United Healthcare also authorized these services and the correct authorization number was submitted with the claims.
In both cases the services were requested by a physician and approved by United Healthcare. The services were rendered as authorized and the appropriate claims were filed. Unfortunately – and this really is the sad part – both of these claims will have to be paid in full by the members. These claims total thousands of dollars.
As I'm sure many of you know, United Healthcare is the focus of a Class Action Lawsuit in New York because of their questionable business practices. When I Googled “United Health Care reviews,” I was SHOCKED at the number of complaints against this company. How is it that they are getting away with this kind of behavior?
HEALTH INSURANCE, OHIO -- My daughter needed a neurostimulator placement for Occipital and Trigeminal Neuralgia. The surgery was scheduled for April 2014. The doctor's office sent all info to UHC for approval. The approval was received, dated 3/5/14. Unfortunately, the doctor had a family emergency out of the country and the surgery had to be cancelled. When he returned, the surgery was rescheduled for July 2014.
6 days prior to surgery, we received a call stating that UHC denied the surgery. Why? Pick a reason! "Not a covered benefit", "no medical evidence to support the procedure", or "waiting on a peer-to-peer review". Some physician, sitting in his "Internal Medicine" office in Illinois, decided that my daughter, who has about 10% quality of life at this point, did not need this! A neurosurgeon, after an extended consult, decided she DID need it, but this doctor who had never met her decided NO!!!
APPLE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA -- After being told that my mom who has Alzheimer's would have NO premiums (turned out to be a lie as we got a payment book shortly thereafter) and very low co-payments on her meds, etc., and being promised that this company provided much better hospitalization coverage, I agreed to switch my mom from her previous healthcare.
First off, they couldn't get the effective date correct. She signed the paperwork in January 09, and we were told it would be effective March 09. Then the sales representative called me back to say that was a mistake and it would be in effect February 09. Went to get RXs filled in Feb and was told she was still under her old plan, but the co-pays did not match what she had previously been paying. Spent over an hour on the phone with these people, who said her insurance wasn't in effect until March 09. OK, so paid the higher co-pays on her meds.
Waited until March 1 to get an RX filled for her dental appt, and was told it was not covered. Called back to Customer Service on Monday and was told that she was good to go for dentist and RXs (after being switched around the country and talking to at least 6 or 7 reps). My husband called from the dentist's office, livid, because they could not confirm her eligibility.
Oh, and on March 1 we were told that her eligibility was to EXPIRE with NEVERCARE on Feb 29, 09 - THERE WAS NO FEB 29, 09! And why would it expire if it is a new account that had never been in effect yet? My husband tried calling and was told that there were multiple computer screens that had different data in them. Also, they lost the power of attorney that we gave them when we applied for this coverage. Had to send it again - who knows if they have it this time or not.
Then, when I went to get another of her meds refilled, I was told that the co-pay was $122.77 - that for a medicine we had only been paying $3.20 on before. So basically, I am convinced that the sales representative knew absolutely nothing about what she was selling or else was just flat out misrepresenting her product. Either way it is inexcusable to treat seniors with limited incomes like this! I have now switched her to CAREMORE (as fast as I could) and am praying that goes smoother, but still have to live the rest of this month with NEVERCARE and am not sure if they will cover anything at all or not.
I am pretty sure they have NEVER paid a claim on ANYTHING for ANYONE before - that is how it sounds when I am trying to deal with this company. Thought Secure Horizons had a decent reputation, but I guess not this part of the company! Terrible! Terrible! Terrible! Oh, and I can't even e-mail customer service via the web site - no e-mail address is listed! They can rot in you-know-where before I pay any premiums on this garbage! Don't believe their lies!
IRVINE, CALIFORNIA -- I have tried repeatedly to get my scripts refilled for Accu Chek glucose meter strips. I was informed that they, Optumrx, are only allowing me 50 scripts every 3 weeks when I have been getting 200 a month. I am an INSULIN dependent type 2 diabetic and need to test more often than a non insulin use patient. This is not something that just changed since I have had this for over a decade.
Besides "why would Optumrx deny me the glucose strips but allow the Insulin syringes to be filled if they thought I was a non insulin using patient?" Funny but UHC just changed the way they do things and now the patients are the one to suffer because their Representatives lack the ability to read medical information that is at their fingertips.
CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Recently got notification from United Healthcare insurance that they will no longer cover my son's medication for ADD (Focalin), and did so with about 1 month's notice. I asked my son's pediatrician for a comparable alternative medication and he indicated there isn't one. Paying out of pocket will cost $200/month or more.
It is especially nice that UHC terminated coverage of this and other ADD meds right before school starts because the start of the school year is always particularly difficult for students with ADD. Now many of them will have to tackle it without the medication they need. Seems no one is aware how poorly UHC treats their "customers" until they experience it themselves.
PERSONAL ...NOT BUSINESS, RHODE ISLAND -- Had ears evaluated and found a hearing aid was needed. Called the only one in network... Called them only to find they had no office in state. They proposed to fill my prescription that I would Fax to them and mail aid to me. I did not want that. I wanted someone I could get help from if I needed help and I could not understand how one gets volume adjusted when we are in different states. After speaking to a supervisor for some time she gave me permission. I asked for written copy of decision. She didn't think necessary as she would put directly on my file. Guess it was necessary as United has denied. I called... Said not on file and they will not cover.
I have given name of supervisor I spoke with, the number of notation of call they maintain. I didn't call yet. I have been told by two reps that it is in my file. This started in Nov. 13. Still no paperwork. I need to take next step. Guess I will have to get Lawyer. Not a good company to do business.
KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE -- UnitedHealthcare SecureHorizons mailed 2 checks with same check number for $1.26 each. I deposited to our bank on 2/26/2014 knowing that Secure would deduct from next check issued. They, instead, withdrew or stopped payment on one of the $1.26 check and caused the bank to issue a $6.00 fee against our checking account. I called the help desk hoping to find a solution. I got the runaround instead. I was transferred to 4 different departments with no results. I asked to speak to the supervisor and was told to hold and not hang up. Twenty minutes later I did hang up without results.
TEMPE, ARIZONA -- Tried to refill prescription for generic actonel. In the past I was allowed 3 months each time. I was told: a.) Could not submit until 4 days before the medication was due. b.) Unclear whether I could get 3 pills or only 1 pill. Given work and travel it is difficult to only have 4 days notice to refill. This definitely risks missing a medication dose on a medication that is supposed to have precise dosing. Had previous bad experiences with diagnostic tests being held up. Will drop them as my insurance company at the next opportunity and recommend that no one else chooses them because they definitely risk their customers' health and have no concern at all about it.