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HealthSpring, a leading Medicare Advantage plan, today announced an agreement with Health Choice that will add select MetroCare Physicians and six Methodist Healthcare hospitals to HealthSpring’s Memphis network. Under the agreement, which is effective August 1, HealthSpring members will have access to Methodist facilities and services and select MetroCare providers at in-network rates.
“Our best-in-class health services are made possible through partnership with hospitals and doctors that share our commitment to quality care centered on personal attention, preventive care and total body wellness,” HealthSpring of Tennessee President Greg Allen said. “HealthSpring’s new relationship with Health Choice represents our shared commitment to quality care and we are pleased to add them to our network, bringing our members more flexibility and choices for their health care needs.”
Health Choice is a physician-hospital joint venture between select MetroCare Physicians and Methodist Healthcare. The agreement adds MetroCare’s participating physicians and all Methodist hospitals, with the exception of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. The system also includes home health services, outpatient surgery centers, minor medical centers, diagnostic centers, sleep centers and a hospice residence. This addition makes HealthSpring’s network the largest hospital network in the area among local Medicare Advantage plans.
“Coordinated, quality care has long been a focus for Health Choice and we are pleased to join HealthSpring’s network to offer our award-winning services to their members. We recognize HealthSpring’s dedication to supporting the doctor-patient relationship and look forward to working together to further improve the patient experience,” said CEO of Health Choice Dr. George Mayzell.
The collaboration between Health Choice and HealthSpring is a natural progression of Health Choice’s long-standing relationship with Cigna, HealthSpring’s parent company, and reinforces expansion opportunities for physician engagement and coordinated care that were anticipated to result from Cigna’s acquisition of HealthSpring earlier this year.
Medicare beneficiaries can learn more about HealthSpring benefits and services by visiting www.myhealthspring.com.
HealthSpring, a Cigna company, is one of the country’s leading health plans focused on delivering care to the senior population, predominately through Medicare Advantage and other Medicare and Medicaid products. Along with its companies Bravo Health and Leon Medical Centers Health Plans, HealthSpring serves more than one million customers in locations across the country. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, HealthSpring owns and operates health plans in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. HealthSpring also offers a national stand-alone prescription drug plan. For more information, visit www.healthspring.com.
About Health Choice
Health Choice is a joint venture of Metrocare Physicians, Inc (Metrocare) and Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare (MLH). Formed in 1985 and reorganized as a true joint venture in 1997, Health Choice has a legacy of promoting partnership and success between and for physician practices and MLH. Health Choice operates exclusively in the Mid-South and contracts for and services over 1400 area physician practices as well as MLH. Health Choice has built the largest market share of any managed care organization in the Mid-South. In this era of unprecedented change, Health Choice is committed to assisting physicians in adapting and thriving even given the tremendous new demands being placed on the healthcare industry. Health Choice helps Metrocare and MLH navigate the healthcare future and delivers powerful solutions to help ensure their future success.