TRUMBULL, Conn.-Physicians Health Services, an HMO based in Trumbull, and American Home Assurance Co. have teamed up to provide workers' compensation and group health benefits in one managed-care product. The idea is to reduce administrative burdens for employers, eliminate duplication of services, and share occupational and nonoccupational medical information. Since July 1993, Connecticut has allowed employers to require employees to receive workers' compensation benefits through a managed-care network. PHS has developed a network to treat work-related injuries. American Home Assurance is part of New York-based American International Group. It and other AIG companies will underwrite the workers' compensation insurance, and PHS will provide managed-care services including utilization review, claims management and quality assurance programs.
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J.-In a not-for-profit joint venture, Helene Fuld Medical Center, Trenton, N.J., and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J., plan to develop and operate a radiation treatment center in Lawrenceville. Certificate-of-need approval from the state is pending. The joint venture grew out of discussions following the hospitals' affiliation. The facility will provide comprehensive radiation therapy services to cancer patients in Mercer County. The hospitals plan to split the $5.2 million construction and equipment tab. Construction is scheduled to begin early next year.