ATLANTA-Cigna HealthCare of Georgia has announced plans to open nine primary-care centers in metropolitan Atlanta during the next 12 months. The clinics are expected to provide additional services to Cigna's 140,000 enrollees in Atlanta. The company recently signed a preferred provider contract with Delta Air Lines and its 22,000 employees. Cigna, which is one of the largest investor-owned HMOs, has 3.2 million enrollees nationwide.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-The University of Alabama at Birmingham has announced a partnership with two other hospital groups to seek managed-care contracts with businesses, local and state governments, and insurers. Called U-Care, the statewide network will include 889-bed University Hospital, the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Corp. and 538-bed DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa. Formal contracts between the partners are expected to be signed in the next month, a university spokesman said. The health services foundation is a 660-member group practice of university-employed physicians.
JACKSON, Miss.-Mississippi's first investor-owned HMO has begun marketing its services to at least 10 large companies in metropolitan Jackson, an executive said. James Malloy, president and chief executive officer of South East Managed Care Organization, said the HMO's goal is to enroll 10,000 employees by the end of the year. Since forming last year, SEMCO has contracted with four Jackson hospitals, 270 physicians, 70 pharmacies and a home-care organization. SEMCO's hospitals are Charter Hospital of Jackson, River Oaks Hospital, River Oaks East-Woman's Pavilionand University of Mississippi Medical Center. It will compete with two not-for-profit HMOs, Health Choice and Mississippi Health Partners, both of which are operated primarily by not-for-profit hospitals. Health Choice is a statewide HMO that has contracts with 14 hospitals and is owned by Methodist Medical Center in Jackson. Mississippi Health Partners is a joint venture of Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital and Rankin Medical Center in Brandon. SEMCO is owned locally by 63 investors, primarily physicians, a spokesman said.