ROCHESTER, Minn.-The Mayo Clinic has designed a new health plan specifically for employees of IBM, one of Minnesota's largest employers. As part of the effort, 15,000 employees of IBM's Rochester plant and their dependents will be able to choose from more than a dozen primary-care clinics throughout Rochester and surrounding rural areas. The plan also will include a comprehensive range of specialty physicians available by referral. This is the third plan IBM has offered on a voluntary basis. Mayo said the plan is another of its efforts to reach out to Midwestern companies. "Mayo is committed to working with the business community to develop innovative ways of managing healthcare costs while still delivering quality medical care," said Richard Tompkins, M.D., director of Mayo's managed-care systems. "We hope to use this as a model for future collaborations with other companies."
DES MOINES, Iowa-Several major employers in the Des Moines area have formed a new group healthcare purchasing program through which more than 20,000 people are expected to receive healthcare benefits and services. The Corporate Health Purchasing Corp. will be administered by McNerney Heintz, a subsidiary of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. The program's start-up date is Jan. 1, 1995. The group intends to contract with a number of Des Moines-area providers, including Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Iowa Physicians Clinic Medical Foundation and Iowa Lutheran Medical Practice Division. The employers involved in the program are The Central Companies, Hy-Vee Food Stores, Midwest Power Systems, Norwest Corp., Pioneer Hi-Bred International and Ruan Transportation Management Systems. More employers, from both the public and private sectors, are being solicited to join the effort.
MINNETONKA, Minn.-Children's Health Care, the merged organization composed of Minneapolis Children's Medical Center and Children's Hospital of St. Paul, opened the first freestanding, hospital-affiliated pediatric ambulatory-care center in Minnesota last month. The $6.5 million, 26,000-square-foot facility offers outpatient care including same-day surgery as well as laboratory, radiology and therapeutic services. Some 4,400 square feet of the center are designated for physicians' offices. About 120 physicians eventually will practice in Children's Health Care's new facility, and 50 employees are expected to staff the center, according to hospital spokespersons.