In an effort to compete in Arizona's highly competitive managed-care market, several Arizona healthcare providers have gotten together to form a statewide integrated healthcare organization.
The new organization, called HealthPartners of Southern Arizona, is a Tucson-based not-for-profit holding company comprising a regional hospital system, an HMO and two physician groups. There is no merger of assets under the new organization. HealthPartners will be run by a volunteer 12-member board of trustees made up of provider representatives.
HealthPartners' members include Tucson Medical Center, TMC Health Enterprises, the TMC Foundation, Partners Health Plan, GHMA Medical Centers, Southern Arizona Independent Physicians and Arizona Physicians IPA, all in the Tucson area.
Start-up costs related to the formation of the system weren't made available. HealthPartners officials projected 1995 net revenues of $390 million.
The organization's goal is to increase its managed-care enrollees to 200,000 over the next year, said HealthPartners spokesman Tom Reavis. Partners Health Plan, the organization's HMO, currently has 110,000 enrollees, while Arizona Physicians IPA has a contract with the state's Medicaid program and covers 130,000 people.
"After two years of planning and development, we have brought these organizations together with a shared vision of improving healthcare delivery," said Hank Walker, HealthPartners' president and CEO. Mr. Walker comes to HealthPartners from Presbyterian Healthcare System in Albuquerque, N.M.
Several Arizona healthcare providers have formed similar affiliations to compete in the state's managed-care environment. In October, 20 Arizona hospitals organized to form Premier Healthcare, a hospital-owned HMO that will rival local insurers in Arizona's managed-care market (Oct. 10. p. 4).
Last week, Premier announced that it had named Gary Gannoway its new president and CEO. He comes to Premier from the Arizona Healthcare Alliance, the state's first hospital affiliation.