UnitedHealthcare NexusACO is coming to Washington and Oregon to help lower costs and expand access to quality care

The NexusACO® plan will be available with an effective date of January 1, 2022, to Small Business and Key Account employers with 2–2,999 employees in Benton, Clark, Cowlitz, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Pierce, Spokane, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston, Whatcom and Yakima counties in Washington, and in Clackamas, Lane, Multnomah and Washington counties in Oregon.

To build the NexusACO provider network, UnitedHealthcare collaborates with select ACOs across the country dedicated to offering higher quality care at lower costs. These providers are featured at the highest benefit level (Tier 1) in the NexusACO network. In markets where ACOs are not yet featured, the NexusACO Tier 1 network includes designated UnitedHealth Premium® Care Physicians and specialists.

To find Washington Tier 1 networks and other quality primary and specialty care physicians, a PDF download will be uploaded here soon – check back shortly. And to find Oregon Tier 1 networks and other quality primary and specialty care physicians, a PDF download will be uploaded here soon – check back shortly. 

Tier 2 access is designated by the UnitedHealthcare national Choice Plus network. If a member does not reside in the designated service area, their Tier 1 solution will default to the UnitedHealth Premium designation program provider network.

In Washington and Oregon, these organized groups of physicians, hospitals and other care providers work together to coordinate patient care and participate in incentive programs to help improve quality standards and the efficiency of care.

How it works
The NexusACO plan offers multiple benefits for customers and their employees, including: 

  • Potential lower costs – Employees connected with top-performing primary care physicians (PCP) typically receive better care coordination, which may result in up to 15%* lower costs for employers.
  • Simpler experience – PCPs guide members and their families to help meet their care needs.
  • A path to improved outcomes – Routine visits with a PCP may help employees uncover major conditions without symptoms before they become debilitating.

To learn more about how UnitedHealthcare NexusACO may help guide employers and members toward increased savings and a simpler, more personalized experience, visit the Washington NexusACO website and the Oregon NexusACO website.

For more information, please contact your broker or UnitedHealthcare representative.



*Compared to PPO offering. UnitedHealthcare E&I BOB, Healthcare Economics analysis, 2019. Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are integrated groups of health care providers, including primary care physicians, specialists and facilities that work together to improve health outcomes, lower costs and increase patient satisfaction.

This product, along with the benefits provided and premium charged, is subject to final review and approval by the Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner. This plan has exclusions, limitations and reduction of benefits. Talk to your UnitedHealthcare representative for more information. Tier 1 providers may be subject to change, visit myuhc.com® for the most current information or call the number on your health plan ID card.

The UnitedHealth Premium® designation program is a resource for informational purposes only. Designations are displayed in UnitedHealthcare online physician directories at myuhc.com®. You should always visit myuhc.com for the most current information. Premium designations are a guide to choosing a physician and may be used as one of many factors you consider when choosing a physician. If you already have a physician, you may also wish to confer with him or her for advice on selecting other physicians. You should also discuss designations with a physician before choosing him or her. Physician evaluations have a risk of error and should not be the sole basis for selecting a physician. Please visit myuhc.com for detailed program information and methodologies.

Insurance coverage provided by or through UnitedHealthcare of Washington, Inc. and UnitedHealthcare of Oregon Inc., or UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company Insurance Company or its affiliates. Administrative services provided by United HealthCare Services, Inc. or their affiliates.

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