UnitedHealthcare to Stop Sending Paper Checks in June

UnitedHealthcare is shifting its claim payments toward digital reimbursement, effective June 1.

The payer has been moving many of its processes online, including prior authorizations and claim decisions, in an effort to be more environmentally friendly, according to a March 1 news release. UnitedHealthcare also said the move helps get payments and important information to providers quicker.

The move applies to those who have recently signed contracts with UnitedHealthcare, are not using Automated Clearing House or direct deposit with Optum Pay and are not currently receiving digital payments.

Those not enrolled in ACH are encouraged to do so by May 18 so their application may be approved before the June 1 transition.

Those who do not enroll in ACH will receive claim payments as virtual card payments, similar to a credit card charge.