CHI Memorial CEO Larry Schumacher earlier this month told doctors that the insurance company also was not willing to negotiate any pay increases for physicians affiliated with the hospital, who have not been given an increase in salaries for eight years, according to CHI Memorial. In a statement issued earlier this month, UnitedHealthcare disputed those claims, saying that CHI Memorial wanted too much money.

“CHI Memorial wants to raise the cost of care at its hospitals by double digits,” the statement read, “and their proposed rate increases would result in our members and local employers both paying more for their health care for the next several years. We have committed to a relationship with CHI that is based on paying for increased quality and promoting better health for the people we serve and hope they will share this focus.” READ MORE