WALTHAM, Mass.-Tufts Associated Health Plans, a managed-care company covering 340,000 enrollees, has formed a property and casualty insurance unit called Tufts Managed Care Insurance Co. The new unit positions Tufts to expand its managed workers' compensation business beyond third-party administration of self-insured company plans, said Rich Hallworth, Tufts' chief financial officer. Because of limitations imposed by Massachusetts law, Tufts has had to contract with a commercial insurer, which took an element of control away from the organization and required it to follow the insurer's requirements for participation, Mr. Hallworth said. Now that it has divisions for both insurance risk and managed-care services, Tufts can be more competitive in the Massachusetts market by eliminating administrative duplication and gaining tighter control over its options for managing workers' claims and recovery, he said.
BOSTON-A new research center established at Brigham will encourage cooperative work among researchers into the causes and treatments of skin diseases. The Harvard Skin Disease Research Center was funded by a $3 million grant from the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. The center combines the skills of 36 investigators and consultants from Brigham and Women's, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the Center for Blood Research and Massachusetts General Hospital.
PHILADELPHIA-Effective Sept. 13, David G. Starks resumed his duties as president and chief executive officer at Mercy Health Plan. Earlier this summer, Mr. Starks resigned his post to take an equity position in a new commercial insurance venture (Aug. 1, p. 40). Donald Hunt, a Mercy Health Plan spokesman, said he didn't know the reason for Mr. Stark's return and that Mr. Starks wasn't taking calls on the matter. A one-page release said he'll resume all his previous duties and work closely with the officers of the HMO's parent, Mercy Health Corp., and its sponsor, the Sisters of Mercy. Mercy Health Plan serves more than 119,000 Medicaid recipients in the Philadelphia area.