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UnitedHealth Premium® Program

We can help you find quality and cost-efficient care.

Most of us are pretty good at spotting quality in the things we buy: Cars need good gas mileage. Houses need roofs that don’t leak. Clothing needs to be well-made.

But when it comes to health care, it may be less clear what quality means or how to go about evaluating it. To help our members make more informed choices about their health care, the UnitedHealth Premium program recognizes doctors who meet quality and cost efficiency guidelines. You can find a doctor’s Premium designation on®.

Quality, cost-efficient care is a long-term solution.

Variations in care are a significant part of the problem in our current health care system. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine* found that only 55% of U.S. patients receive the recommended care.

We believe that by supporting and promoting doctors who meet national standardized measures for quality and local geographic area benchmarks for cost efficiency, as well as engaging consumers in the health care decision-making process, we can help to achieve better health outcomes while improving the experience and reducing costs.

Choose Smart. Look for blue hearts.

It’s easy to find a Premium Care Physician. Just go to a new window), click on Find a Doctor and look for the blue hearts.

Premium Care Physician
The physician meets the criteria for providing quality and cost-efficient care.

Quality Care Physician 
The physician meets the criteria for providing quality care.

Quality Not Evaluated 
The physician does not have enough claims data to be evaluated for quality, so the physician is not eligible for the cost-efficient care designation.

Does Not Meet Quality 
The physician does not meet the criteria for providing quality care, so the physician is not eligible for the cost-efficient care designation.

UnitedHealth Premium doctors:

  • Follow evidence-based guidelines for care
  • Are more likely to be aware of the latest research and clinical trials
  • May have lower surgery repeat rates

Quality guidelines are based on standards from organizations such as:

  • American College of Cardiology
  • Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)

Log in to your member website to:
  • Search for a doctor
  • Estimate treatment costs
  • Manage your claims


Find doctors and urgent care facilities, estimate costs, check claims, and much more.

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