ROSELAND, N.J.-The dental maintenance organization of Prudential HealthCare Group added 400,000 enrollees last year, bringing the total number of in-network enrollees to more than 2 million. Prudential DMO enrollment has nearly doubled since 1992, when it had about 1.1 million enrollees. According to a study by William M. Mercer, a New York-based consulting firm, nearly 40% of companies with dental plans now offer a managed-care option. Thomas Croswell, president of Prudential Dental Operations, said managed dental care is a growing business because it offers employers and consumers greater access to care than the fee-for-service system. The Prudential DMO is available in 46 states, and its local provider networks include more than 6,000 general and 3,000 specialty dentists. Prudential HealthCare Group is a business unit of Prudential Insurance Company of America that provides health and employee products and services.
BROOKLINE, Mass.-Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, an HMO with more than 1 million enrollees in New England, expanded its network in Maine last month by affiliating with Lewiston-based St. Mary's Regional Medical Center and its primary-care physician network, called Community Clinical Services. The agreement gives Harvard Pilgrim enrollees access to medical services offered at St. Mary's and any of its affiliated family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, oncology and psychiatric physicians. Harvard Pilgrim, based in Brookline, Mass., has been pushing to affiliate with or acquire physician networks to increase its presence outside its eastern Massachusetts base. Last year it affiliated with MedNet, a statewide PPO of 600 primary-care physicians and 500 specialists throughout Maine (Oct. 16, 1995, p. 10). But the HMO's attempt to expand into New Hampshire suffered a setback earlier this year when Matthew Thornton Health Plan, a 136,000-enrollee HMO in that state, opted out of an agreement to be acquired by Harvard Pilgrim (Feb. 5, p. 4).