TRENTON, N.J. -- Aetna U.S. Healthcare and AmeriHealth HMO were standouts in New Jersey's first-ever consumer guide to HMO performance. The guide being distributed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services compares 12 commercial HMOs in 27 areas. Aetna U.S. Healthcare and AmeriHealth scored higher than average on a number of measures of HMO service. Consumers rated First Option Health Plan, a Red Bank, N.J.-based provider-sponsored HMO, above average on several measures of access to high-quality patient care.
NEW YORK -- Michael A. Wiener, founder and chairman of Infinity Broadcasting Corp., and his wife, Zena, have given $5 million to Mount Sinai Medical Center's cardiovascular institute. The 3-year-old institute, which now bears their names, provides diagnostic and treatment services, conducts scientific research and coordinates educational and training programs for clinicians and scientists. Infinity was acquired last year by Westinghouse Electric Co. Wiener is a member of Mount Sinai's board of trustees.
QUEENS, N.Y. -- About 120 physicians at Queens Hospital Center in New York have joined the United Salaried Physicians and Dentists, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union. Peter Ingraldi, M.D., a surgeon at Queens Hospital, said: "Doctors need a voice on the job as much as any other employee." The 331-bed institution in Jamaica, Queens, is part of New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. The USPD affiliated with SEIU in July. The doctors thought they needed to be part of a larger organization.
TITUSVILLE, Pa. -- The board of 95-bed Titusville Area Hospital last month agreed to affiliate with Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Titusville, about 100 miles north of Pittsburgh, would represent the northernmost outpost in the AGH network.
SCRANTON, Pa. -- In a business review letter released late last month, the U.S. Justice Department granted antitrust clearance to a proposed joint venture between a large physician group and a subsidiary of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Called First Priority Health System, it would be a risk-bearing venture between a group of 166 physicians who practice mainly in Scranton and an HMO subsidiary of Blue Cross. The new venture would provide and manage medical services for HMO enrollees in a five-county area near Scranton. The Justice Department called the arrangement "innovative and potentially pro-competitive."