In case you weren’t listening, on June 15th, UnitedHealth told you where they were going to push cases, and it wasn’t to hospitals.
That’s the day on which the parent company, UnitedHealth Group, announced that their goal is to ensure that more than 55% of outpatient surgeries and radiology services are delivered at a high-quality, cost-efficient site of care. If you haven’t already figured it out, “cost-efficient” is a euphemism for not at a hospital but at an ASC or freestanding imaging center. Feel free to read the full report which is filled with gobbledygook about sustainability and stakeholders and other woke BS designed to get people to lay off the $22.4 billion in profit they made in 2020.
Laugh about it or cry about it, the bottom line is the same: they are cutting costs by moving all cases that can be moved out of the hospital out of the hospital. Where does that leave you?