GLEN BURNIE, Md.-In what an executive called a first step to forming an integrated delivery system, North Arundel Hospital, Glen Burnie, Md., is purchasing a 15% stake in Maryland Primary Care Physicians, a 33-practitioner group with nine clinics throughout Anne Arundel County, south of Baltimore. The 329-bed hospital has committed $8 million over two years to the primary-care group, which wants to increase the number of participating practitioners to 100 in two years, said James Walker, the hospital's president. The primary-care group, which consists of a merger of two smaller organizations, participates in North Arundel's New American Health plan, which has about 12,000 enrollees, as well as other plans covering about 25,000 enrollees. Another Baltimore-area system, five-hospital Helix Health of Lutherville, Md., recently has tried to expand its reach into Anne Arundel County by buying Harbor Health System of Baltimore, which serves Anne Arundel residents (Nov. 20, 1995, p. 10). Helix also has joined Medlantic Healthcare Group of Washington, D.C., in a strategic alliance that seeks to span the Washington-Baltimore area. North Arundel, meanwhile, joined the nine-hospital Atlantic Health alliance in Baltimore and its suburbs (June 26, 1995, p. 22).
ATLANTA-Morgan Health Group, Atlanta, has signed contracts with two payers to provide primary physician services, said Donald Hutton, Morgan Health's chairman. Morgan Health, Georgia's only primary-care management organization, has a network of 275 primary-care physicians, more than 400 specialists and 12 hospitals under contract. The payers are Pioneer Financial Services and HealthSource, both in Atlanta. The contracts are expected to increase covered lives under Morgan Health to about 50,000 this year, Hutton said.