RICHMOND, Va.-The percentage of Virginians who work full time but have no healthcare has risen sharply since 1993, while the overall percentage of uninsured residents has stayed about the same, according to the Virginia Health Care Foundation. The foundation said a recent telephone survey conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University found that 13% of all Virginians have no healthcare, representing a slight decrease from 14% in 1993. Of the 855,528 uninsured Virginians, 57% were employed full time, up from 41% in 1993. The foundation attributed the rise in workers without insurance to employers who aren't offering as many insurance options as they have in the past or who are offering insurance at such a high rate of employee contribution that employees can't afford it.
ATLANTA-Catholic Golden Age, a national organization representing more than 1 million seniors, has signed a contract with Healthcare Synergies in Atlanta to provide its members with discounts on extended healthcare services. Members of the seniors group will have the option of using Healthcare Synergies' national PPO network of 6,000 nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, home-care providers, and durable medical equipment providers. Catholic Golden Age agreed to compensate Healthcare Synergies on a capitated basis for its services. Participants in the PPO can save an average of more than $450 per month, or more than $5,400 annually, for nursing home care by using the network facilities.
BALTIMORE-Seton Medical Group, an affiliate of St. Agnes HealthCare, a 424-bed hospital in Baltimore, has acquired the Pediatric Center, a group of nine physicians operating in Catonsville, Md., and Ellicott City, Md.. Terms weren't disclosed. The acquisition brings the total number of Seton Medical Group physicians to 84.