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 BURLINGTON, Mass., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Two of New England's leading health-care organizations, Harvard Community Health Plan (HCHP) and Lahey Clinic, have agreed to an affiliation that will make all Lahey Clinic physicians and the Lahey Clinic Hospital part of HCHP's extensive network of health centers, medical groups and hospitals.
 Under the agreement, which was finalized on Friday, HCHP members will be able to choose Lahey physicians for their primary care, and Lahey will provide specialty and hospital care for members at selected HCHP locations. In addition, the two organizations intend to develop an expanded network of physician group practices on the North Shore and in the northwest suburbs. Harvard Community Health Plan is New England's largest health maintenance organization; Lahey is a nationally-renowned tertiary medical center and one of New England's largest multispecialty group practices.
 "This match constitutes an excellent fit with the evolving model of health care -- a managed care plan and a multispecialty group practice and medical center forming a network of primary, specialty and acute care services," said Lahey Chief Executive Officer Bruce W. Steinhauer, M.D.
 "We are delighted to have this opportunity to participate with one of America's leading health maintenance organizations in forging new patterns of care," said Steinhauer. "This partnership with HCHP will be an important means of ensuring and expanding the public's access to Lahey services."
 Harvard Community Health Plan President and CEO Manuel M. Ferris said the partnership "will provide mutual benefit by strengthening the ability of each organization to meet the needs of patients, purchasers and their own medical staffs."
 Ferris pointed out that HCHP has expanded its physician group practice network by more than 20 percent in 1993. "Our goal is to give members access to the best physician groups and hospitals in our region," Ferris said. "Lahey is one of the nation's premiere group practices, and they will be an important addition to our network. Our joint focus will be on finding even better ways to ensure the efficient delivery of high-quality health care."
 Under the HCHP/Lahey agreement:
 -- Lahey Clinic in Burlington and six Lahey primary care practices
 in other communities will become part of the HCHP network. Lahey
 will provide physician and hospital services to HCHP members
 who choose a Lahey site for their primary care.
 -- A group of Lahey internists and specialists will practice at
 HCHP's Burlington center (20 Wall St.) starting in January.
 Together, the HCHP and Lahey physicians will serve both HCHP and
 non-HCHP patients. Lahey will provide specialty physician and
 hospital care for HCHP Burlington members, with the exception of
 obstetrics, which will remain at Winchester Hospital.
 -- Lahey will be the principal provider of tertiary physician and
 hospital care for HCHP members who receive their primary care at
 the Chelmsford Health Center and at the Nashua Medical Group in
 New Hampshire.
 -- HCHP's Peabody Health Center will develop referral relationships
 and other clinical programs with Lahey Clinic North, the regional
 medical center planned to open in Peabody in 1994.
 -- HCHP will continue its affiliation with the former North Shore
 Comprehensive Care physicians, who joined the Lahey staff in May
 as Lahey Danvers, Lahey Beverly and Lahey Ipswich.
 -- HCHP's network will also include the former Internists, Inc.
 physicians, who joined staff in March as Lahey Arlington, Lahey
 Belmont and Lahey Billerica.
 -- HCHP and Lahey will develop a new group practice network on the
 North Shore and northwest suburbs. Physicians joining this
 network will be full members of the Lahey medical staff.
 Lahey Clinic currently has a staff of 260 physicians based at its headquarters in Burlington, plus another two dozen at group practice sites on the North Shore and in the northwest suburbs. Lahey is renovating the former Fleet Bank Building at the North Shore Mall in Peabody to open next summer as a regional medical center known as Lahey Clinic North.
 HCHP provides comprehensive health care and coverage to its 550,000 members through a network of more than 50 health centers and affiliated medical groups in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and southern New Hampshire. HCHP members receive their hospital care at selected teaching and community-based hospitals, including Beverly Hospital, Winchester Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Children's Hospital in Boston.
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 /CONTACT: Patti Embry of HCHP, 617-731-7413; Patti Jacobs of The Lahey Clinic, 617-273-8733/

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