1310 Southern Avenue, SE • Washington DC 20032 • (202) 574-6000 
United Medical Center (UMC) has contracts with most of the major third-party payers (insurance plans, HMOs, etc.) available in this area. This list changes occasionally since there is significant activity in the health care arena due to the expansion of managed care, mergers/acquisitions and new contracts negotiated by the hospital. Payers/Insurance plans not included in the list below may still authorize services at UMC during approved medical emergencies.

Upon registration at the hospital, you will be required to provide a copy of your insurance identification card, a picture identification and proof of resident and telephone number.  Please have this information available. In accordance with the hospital's advance payment policy, pre-certification approval of admission is required in many cases. Ask your plan or your physician's office for assistance. Remember that many insurance companies require prior authorization before an elective or urgent admission. Whenever you are being admitted, check with your insurance carrier to determine if prior authorization is needed before you are hospitalized. If you have no insurance, you will have to pay a deposit for elective surgery upon admission.

We will always respond to emergencies. If you are being hospitalized as a result of an accident, before being admitted please provide all accident insurance carrier and/or insurance agency information so that our financial counselors can get approval for payment before admission.

Accepted Insurances AARP
Aetna Americaid
Amerigroup Bravo/ Elder Health
Beacon Beech Street Corp
Blue Cross/Blue Shield Plans CareFirst
Champus Cigna
Coresource DC Chartered Health (Now run by AmeriHealth)
Choice Care Network Cigna Health Plan
Cigna Behavioral Health Coventry Health Care, Inc.- South Care PPO
Corvel Corporation DC Medicaid
GEHA Great West
Hospital Services for Sick Children with Special Needs Humana
John Hopkins Health Systems Kaiser
Maryland Medicaid Medicare
Multiplan The Guardian Life
Tricare Unison Health Plan
United Behavioral Health United Healthcare Mid-Atlantic
U S Treasury/ Federal Corrections U S Dept of Labor/ Defense
Washington Regional Transplant Community Workers' Compensation

We also accept the following forms of insurance or coverage:

Medicare: United Medical Center is a participating provider for Medicare. Present your Medicare card, as well as your supplemental insurance cards, upon admission. You will be responsible for any Medicare deductibles, co-payments and services not covered by Medicare and your supplemental insurance.

Commercial Insurance: If a commercial carrier insures you, please bring your insurance card with you to the Admissions Office. If your insurance company requires a claim form, please bring a completed form with you. Most commercial insurance carriers require pre-certification, pre-authorization and/or a second surgical opinion.  To ensure coverage for your services, please ensure this is completed prior to your arrival at United Medical Center.

Medicaid and Medicaid Managed Care: If you receive City or have State Welfare, or Medicaid Managed Care, please bring your current identification card to the Admissions Office. Pre-authorization is needed for elective admissions or elective outpatient services.

Maryland Medicaid, Virginia Medicaid or other Out of State Medicaid may require Pre-Authorization for elective admissions or elective outpatient services.  Please ensure you obtain proper Pre-Authorization prior to your arrival at United Medical Center.  You will be required to provide documentation confirming coverage and Pre-Authorization as well as a copy of your current Medicaid Card and picture Identification.

Carefirst Blue Cross / Blue Shield: If you are insured by Blue Cross/Blue Shield, please bring your current insurance card with you in order to provide your individual membership identification number to the Admissions Office. All Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance coverage verification is only an estimate of available coverage and is subject to final review and approval by Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Most Blue Cross/Blue Shield policies require pre-certification and pre-authorization prior to admission. Please be sure to fulfill this requirement before you are admitted to the hospital.

Health Maintenance Organizations: If you are covered by an HMO, please bring your insurance card to the Admissions Office to provide the hospital with your membership number. Most HMOs require a referral from your primary physician. All HMOs require pre-certification and pre-authorization before admission.

Workers' Compensation: Workers' Compensation cases are covered when approved by the employer or the employer's insurance carrier. In liability cases, you are responsible to the hospital for prompt payment of your bills and are expected to seek reimbursement from the liability insurance carrier.

Other Health Plans

UMC will accept insurance plans with which we do not have a contract. However, the plan may restrict its members from selecting UMC and other non-network hospitals. It's important that you contact your insurance company to confirm whether it will reimburse you for care at UMC. You may also contact a Patient Billing representative at (202) 574-6905 for assistance.

Patient Billing

United Medical Center also accepts cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Payment for non-covered services, copayments and deductibles are due at the time of registration.  To learn of your out-of-pocket expenses, please contact your insurance company, or refer to your patient manual prior to presentation to the Admission Office.  The Admissions Office staff can be reached at (202) 741-6601.


For further information on UMC's participation with managed care plans, please contact the Patient Financial Services at 202-574-5394.

United Medical Center looks forward to serving your medical needs.  Your cooperation in providing all information needed will ensure we are able to submit the costs of your service to your insurance in a timely and effective manner.