Indianapolis-based AdminaStar Solutions has been awarded a contract to administer the Peace Corps' first movement into managed care.
The one-year contract, which provides options to renew for up to four years, is valued at $3 million to $4 million in the year ending Sept. 30, 1996, said Candy Hanson, the Peace Corps' project manager. That includes the cost of providing healthcare services to Peace Corps volunteers, added Joel Honigbaum, AdminaStar's vice president of marketing.
At a meeting in Washington last week, Peace Corps and AdminaStar officials discussed details of implementation.
Under the contract, awarded Sept. 26, AdminaStar is responsible for managing the care of corps volunteers airlifted to the United States for specialized care that can't be provided in the field. About 75% of the 400 volunteers requiring special medical attention each year are sent to Washington by the corps' medical evacuations service.
AdminaStar has contracted with Georgetown University Medical Center for speciality care provided in Washington. The company also will administer contracts for the care of "medevac" patients airlifted to Hawaii and Peace Corps volunteers who return home after their duties in the field are completed. Prescription drugs will be provided through an agreement with Medco Containment Services. In addition, AdminaStar will handle claims processing and provide administrative support. The Peace Corps expects to save an estimated $600,000 to $800,000, Hanson said.
AdminaStar, a subsidiary of the Associated Group, an Indianapolis-based health insurer, provides administrative services to government agencies, such as HCFA, the U.S. Agency for International Development and Volunteers in Service to America.
AdminaStar was selected through competitive bidding (July 10, p. 6) dominated by smaller companies. Hanson declined to reveal the number of companies that submitted bids.
AdminaStar was able to "build a program that was flexible enough to meet our needs," Hanson said. More traditional managed-care companies would not have been able to meet the service needs because they are more primary-care focused, she said.