Saint Thomas Health, the leading faith-based health care system in Tennessee, and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, have reached agreement on a new contract that provides in-network access at a number of Saint Thomas Health hospitals and Saint Thomas Medical Partners physicians and clinicians in and around Nashville for commercial members of Humana’s Choice POS health plans.
The Humana-Saint Thomas network agreement took effect Oct. 1, 2017. The contract provides in-network benefit access for Humana’s Choice POS members at four area Saint Thomas Health hospitals – Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville; Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville; Saint Thomas Hospital for Specialty Surgery in Nashville; and Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro and its surrounding regional hospitals, as well as to Saint Thomas Health-owned, Nashville-area surgery centers and Saint Thomas Medical Partners physician practices.
“This marks a substantial expansion of our network in Metro Nashville, one of the nation’s strongest markets for small business growth,” said Humana Group and Specialty Segment President Beth Bierbower. “We are proud to expand our longstanding relationship with Saint Thomas Health and to work together to broaden member choice.”
“We are pleased to provide quality care and integrate with networks that support our vision to proactively manage the health of individuals and families,” said Fahad Tahir, President and CEO, Saint Thomas Medical Partners. “Our agreement with Humana, coupled with our newly opened Care Centers across Middle Tennessee and our participation in the Humana Choice POS and Choice EPO and Oscar for Business networks, expands access to personalized, compassionate care.”
With this network expansion, Humana’s Choice POS and Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) plans in Nashville will now offer in-network access for Humana commercial members to Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) hospitals and facilities, along with the addition of Saint Thomas facilities and Saint Thomas Medical Partners physicians and clinicians.
The network supporting Humana’s Choice POS plans in Nashville will also support the new Oscar for Business partnership between Oscar Health and Humana. The partnership was announced in July of this year, and will offer an EPO to area small employers with up to 50 employees. Oscar for Business in Nashville will launch in January 2018.
About Saint Thomas Health
In Tennessee, Ascension’s Saint Thomas Health operates nine hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities that cover a 68-county area and employ more than 8,000 associates. Across the state, Saint Thomas Health provided more than $92 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2017. Serving Tennessee for 15 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.sthealth.com.
Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2016, Ascension provided nearly $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 160,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers serve in 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia as part of Ascension’s Healthcare Division. Through its Solutions Division, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.
Humana Inc. is committed to helping our millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.
To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities, resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more effective.
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