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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aetna (NYSE: AET) announced today that it has reached agreement on a new contract with Prime Health, returning 13 hospitals to Aetna’s Southern California network for the first time since 2007. Effective May 1, Aetna members will be able to receive care at in-network benefit levels from:
Additionally, Aetna members in commercial plans can now receive care at the in-network level from the physicians at Desert Valley Medical Group.
“We are pleased to welcome the Prime Health facilities back to our network in Southern California and provide our members with additional access to high-quality health care facilities and services at in-network benefit levels,” said Shawn Forrester, Aetna’s network head for Southern California.
“Collaborating with Aetna and finalizing this agreement allows us to expand our relationship and cover all of the Prime Healthcare hospitals in Southern California,” said Prem Reddy, M.D., FACC, FCCP, chairman, president and CEO of Prime Healthcare Services. “Aetna provides health benefits in many of the communities that Prime Healthcare hospitals serve.”
Aetna serves more than 1.1 members in the greater Los Angeles and greater San Diego areas, providing them with access to a combined contracted network of 191 Southern California hospitals and 30,600 primary care doctors and physician specialists.
About Prime Healthcare Services
Ontario, CA-based Prime Healthcare Services (www.primehealthcare.com), with a motto of “Saving Hospitals, Saving Jobs and Saving Lives,” is one of the largest hospital companies in the nation.
Prime Healthcare was recognized as one of the “15 Top Health Systems” in the nation in 2013, based on quality of healthcare and patient satisfaction. It is the third time in five years it has been recognized. In 2013, eight Prime Healthcare hospitals were ranked among the “100 Top Hospitals” in the nation by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters). Prime Healthcare hospitals have earned the award 21 times. In addition, eight Prime Healthcare hospitals earned national recognition as “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures,” (Top 18 percent), in 2012 from The Joint Commission, the leading Medicare accreditation organization in the country.
Through their subsidiaries, Prime Healthcare Services and the non-profit Prime Healthcare Foundation have more than 20,000 employees and own and operate 23 acute-care hospitals: Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, Centinela Hospital Medical Center, Chino Valley Medical Center, Desert Valley Hospital, Encino Hospital Medical Center, Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, Huntington Beach Hospital, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, Montclair Hospital Medical Center, Paradise Valley Hospital, San Dimas Community Hospital, Shasta Regional Medical Center, Sherman Oaks Hospital and West Anaheim Medical Center – in California, Providence Medical Center and Saint John Hospital – in Kansas, Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center – in Nevada, Lower Bucks Hospital and Roxborough Memorial Hospital – in Pennsylvania, Dallas Medical Center, Harlingen Medical Center, Knapp Medical Center and Pampa Regional Medical Center – in Texas.
Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 38.3 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers' compensation administrative services and health information technology services. Aetna's customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.