MIAMI-PacifiCare of Florida expects its marketing affiliation with a subsidiary of Pan-American Life Insurance Co., New Orleans, to help with its expansion effort in Florida, a PacifiCare executive said. The agreement will add PacifiCare's HMO to Pan-American's health insurance offerings, which include indemnity and PPO plans, said Mitch Goodstein, PacifiCare's president and chief executive officer. PacifiCare of Florida's currently has an HMO enrollment of about 60,000. Goodstein declined to project enrollment growth. The HMO is part of PacifiCare Health Systems, Cypress, Calif., which operates HMOs in California, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington with 1.9 million enrollees. It entered Florida in 1993 with the purchase of Pasteur Health Plan. "We spent most of our time inwardly cleaning and fixing our infrastructure (of the HMOs it acquired)," Goodstein said. "We fell short of a solid distribution system. (The deal) will bring us the system we need to grow." Later this year, PacifiCare plans to offer its HMO in Tampa-St. Petersburg and Orlando and go statewide sometime in 1997, Goodstein said. If the Florida affiliation with Pan-American goes well, Goodstein said the companies might sign a similar agreement in Texas and possibly other markets. The Pan-American subsidiary that struck the deal with PacifiCare is Nisus, the marketing division of Tampa-based National Insurance Services. Under the deal, some 6,300 brokers in South Florida will market PacifiCare's HMO, Goodstein said.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-Mayo Clinic Jacksonville has applied for a license to operate an HMO. Officials hope to win approval for Mayo Health Plan in May and begin enrollment by September. Over the next three to five years, Mayo projects enrollment at 30,000 to 35,000. Mayo Clinic Jacksonville also includes 226-bed St. Luke's Hospital, a home health agency and an obstetrics center. Mayo also announced that Denis Cortese, M.D., a thoracic disease specialist, will be the HMO's medical director.