PORTLAND, Ore.-Caremark International has agreed with University Hospital of Oregon Health Sciences University to provide home healthcare services as part of the Oregon Health Plan, executives said. Terms of the agreement weren't released. OHSU operates Oregon's only academic medical center and is responsible for hospital services and alternatives to hospitalization under the state's landmark healthcare plan. Oregon's new health plan, which went into effect Feb. 1, pays for medical treatments for 565 medical diagnoses. Other non-essential treatments, however, aren't covered under the plan. Under the capitated agreement, Caremark will receive a prepaid monthly fee for every enrollee under the CareOregon healthcare plan, Caremark executives said. CareOregon is sponsored by OHSU, Multnomah County Health Department and the Oregon Primary Care Association. The health plan expects to enroll 35,000 members by the end of 1994.
PHOENIX-St. Luke's Health System has established Pinnacle Healthcare, a new physician-hospital organization formed in conjunction with 90 Phoenix-area physicians. Terms of the agreement weren't released. Pinnacle Healthcare, which will operate as a not-for-profit healthcare company governed by St. Luke's and the member physicians, has begun seeking managed-care contracts in the Phoenix area, executives said. Pinnacle will offer a variety of options to enrolled members, including general medical-surgical programs, behavioral health services and comprehensive healthcare. The programs offered by the PHO will be provided at St. Luke's Medical Center, at Tempe (Ariz.) St. Luke's Hospital and in the offices of the participating physicians. Half those physicians are primary-care practition-ers, and the other half are specialists.
PHOENIX-Beginning July 1, 1995, the Arizona Hospital Association will be known as the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, executives announced. The new name reflects the ArHA's move toward integrated delivery systems, the state association said. The change is part of a restructuring plan, which officials introduced at the ArHA's annual convention this month. With the name change, the ArHA unveiled its new mission statement and revamped its membership, governance and dues structures. "We're preparing for the way healthcare will be financed and delivered under a reformed system," said ArHA President John Rivers. Ninety of the state's 101 hospitals are members of the association.