Printer Friendly

PROVIDING HEALTH CARE TO UNDERSERVED MARKETS TO BE ADDRESSED AT FRIDAY BRIEFING FOR SENATE COMMITTEE STAFFERS

-- Dr. Norman C. Payson, Healthsource Inc. CEO, to Say that IPA-Model
 HMOs Clearly Work Well in Addressing Rural Health Care Problems --
 WASHINGTON, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- At a briefing tomorrow for Senate Committee staffers, five-prominent industry/government experts will address health care issues in underserved markets.
 One of the five, Dr. Norman C. Payson, CEO of Healthsource, Inc. (NYSE: HS), a seven-state managed care company that provides health care in rural/under served markets believes that President Clinton's plan will first address the adequacy of health care financing so that rural as well as all Americans will have financial coverage for health care.
 Payson says, "In this situation, managed competition among IPA-model HMOs will be the most effective means of enhancing access to primary care physician -- a major problem in rural health care in our country -- because in a managed care setting, primary care physicians are much better utilized. In addition to their traditional roles, they will provide preventive care and will be managers of all their patients' health care needs.
 Payson goes on to say that, "The primary care physician working with a managed care plan will direct and oversee their patients' specialized care. In this way, the primary care physician shares responsibility for the quality and cost of his/her patients' care. Since primary care physician services are only about 10 percent of the health care dollar, simply eliminating inappropriate non-primary health care services via this management function can make primary care more affordable and accessible.
 Payson will also talk about MaineCare, Healthsource's project that was supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the State of Maine. MaineCare provided the uninsured with a comprehensive and convenient provider network, a comprehensive benefits package covering office visits, primary and preventive care, as well as complete inpatient and outpatient treatment through Healthsource's Maine IPA- model HMO.
 MaineCare's utilization results were well below nationwide HMO averages, according to a report by the Alpha Center of Washington, D.C., while recording significant market penetration.
 Healthsource, Inc. sponsors an managers HMOs in seven states in New England, the Southeast and the Midwest, and owns EBPA, the largest third-party claims administrator in New England. Healthsource also provides utilization review services and preferred provider networks primarily to self-insured employer plans and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont.
 -0- 4/23/93
 /CONTACT: Tracey Turner of Healthsource, Inc., 603-225-5077, or Martin Levy, media relations of the Financial Relations Board, 212-661-8030/
 (HS)


CO: Healthsource Inc. ST: District of Columbia IN: HEA SU:

LD -- NY008 -- 9858 04/23/93 07:30 EDT
COPYRIGHT 1993 PR Newswire Association LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1993 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:PR Newswire
Date:Apr 23, 1993
Words:424
Previous Article:ROLLERBLADE FOUNDER'S NEW VENTURE IS WADDLING SUCCESS 'SPRING HAS SPRUNG, THE GRASS IS RIZ, I WONDER WHERE THE PENGUIN IS?'
Next Article:INTERNATIONAL DATA GROUP SWEEPS COMPUTER PRESS AWARDS WITH 15 AWARDS
Topics:


Related Articles
Health care reform moving along.
Health care reform debate heats up.
Health care reform on schedule.
Congress, Administration respond to health care crisis.
US healthcare overhaul debate rages.
Health care reform in critical stretch.
August recess slows health care reform.
Baucus readies Senate health care reform.
House and Senate inch towards health care vote.
Lawmakers hone health care compromise.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters