NASHVILLE-Phoenix Healthcare Corp. and Health Net TNCare HMO plan to merge in a deal that would create the third-largest managed-care company in Tennessee. The combined Phoenix Healthcare of Tennessee would have more than 156,000 enrollees. Health Net, a subsidiary of Health Net Management, was founded by Nashville-based Baptist Hospital in 1984; Health Net's minority shareholders include Nashville-based Saint Thomas Health Services and Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. The merger will lead to increased benefits for enrollees, especially in dental and vision coverage, said Samuel Howard, chairman and chief executive officer of Phoenix.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn.-National HealthCare said it has added long-term-care beds to three facilities and expanded its therapy services at two others at a total cost of $14 million. The company said it has added 60 beds to Palatka (Fla.) Health Care Center, 60 beds to Palm Garden in Ocala, Fla., and 31 beds to NHC HealthCare in Smithville, Tenn. The company also said it has expanded its therapy services at NHC HealthCare in Nashville, NHC HealthCare in Anderson, S.C., and NHC HealthCare in St. Charles, Mo. The company operates 110 long-term-care centers, 33 home-care programs, four independent-living centers and 13 assisted-living centers.