TACOMA, Wash.-Seattle-based Northwest Emergency Physicians was awarded a contract to provide 24-hour emergency physician coverage at 559-bed Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tacoma starting Sept. 15. The company estimated the annual value of the contract at $1 million. The VA center has 15,000 patients a year. Northwest Emergency Physicians, which now has contracts with 15 hospitals, is an affiliate of Pacific Physician Services, a prepaid healthcare management company based in Redlands, Calif.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-Business Health Services, a privately held managed-care company, has been awarded a two-year contract for utilization-review services by the Nevada State Industrial Insurance System. Terms of the agreement weren't released. The SIIS is Nevada's workers' compensation insurance carrier covering work-related accidents, injuries and diseases for approximately 55% of all workers in the state. As part of the agreement, BHS will review the performance of each of the 15 managed-care organizations contracted with the SIIS in Clark and Washoe counties in Nevada. Business Health services provides integrated medical cost containment and quality assurance to support managed care in workers' compensation and group health markets.
SALT LAKE CITY-Utah residents still like the idea of universal health coverage, and few like the compromise on universal coverage now being debated in Congress, according to the latest poll. In a just-completed survey, pollster Dan Jones & Associates found that 44% of Utah residents support the idea of 100% coverage, 13% like the compromise now being talked about of 90% to 95% coverage, while 35% oppose universal coverage. Some 3% mentioned something else, and 5% didn't know, Jones found. Universal coverage-under which all Americans could get some kind of healthcare coverage regardless of employment or ability to pay-is the mainstay of President Clinton's plan. He has said that universal coverage isn't negotiable-that he'd veto a healthcare reform bill that comes to him without it. Yet Mr. Clinton recently seemed to sway, saying the definition of universal coverage varies. Some in Congress are suggesting that "universal coverage" should mean 95% of Americans covered, not 100%.-Associated Press