PHILADELPHIAElder Health Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of Elder Health, Baltimore, will acquire 21,000 Senior Partners Medicare members from provider-owned Health Partners of Philadelphia, the companies said last week. Financial terms werent disclosed. The deal will make Elder Health the second-largest Medicare Advantage plan in one of the largest Medicare markets in the country, with more than 45,000 members including 35,000 in the Philadelphia area, officials said. Health Partners, which is owned by a partnership of local hospitals and health systems, will retain its 135,000-member Medicaid plan. Elder Health serves an additional 25,000 members through its prescription drug plans. As part of the deal, Elder Health will enter into multiyear hospital and physician contracts with Temple University Health System, University of Pennsylvania Health System, and Jefferson Health Systems 701-bed Albert Einstein Medical Center and Frankford Hospitals, all based in Philadelphia. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and expected to close by April 1.
BETHLEHEM, Pa.Coordinated Health, an integrated medical practice, opened an orthopedic hospital in partnership with 547-bed St. Lukes Hospital & Health Network, also in Bethlehem. The Surgical Specialty Center is focused on orthopedic care and rehabilitation and offers patients hotel-like surroundings. The facility expands Coordinated Healths 16,000-square-foot ambulatory surgery center with four operating rooms to a 38,000-square-foot facility with six operating rooms, 20 private patient rooms and rehabilitation areas.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa.Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania committed $175 million to locally controlled, community-based hospitals, including
$50 million to support an affiliation between two of Scrantons three hospitals: 283-bed Community Medical Center and 185-bed Moses Taylor Hospital. The money will help recruit doctors, improve medical and information technology and retire debt, Blue Cross said in a news release. Other stipends from the health insurer include $25 million to assist with startup costs for the new Medical College of Northeastern Pennsylvania, $40 million to 348-bed Wyoming Valley Health Care System in Wilkes-Barre for new operating and emergency rooms and office space, and $30 million to 411-bed Susquehanna Health in Williamsport to support construction of a new main hospital and upgrades to two campuses.
DANVILLE, Pa.Geisinger Health System last month said records for about 25,000 patients were stored in a computer stolen from Electronic Registry Systems, Cincinnati, which manages Geisingers patient-registry database. Geisinger, which learned of the theft early in December, said it sent letters to the patients offering 12 months of identify-theft protection. There were multiple protections on the computer ... and we believe it is unlikely that the information can be retrieved from the stolen equipment, the three-hospital system said in a news release. A spokeswoman for Electronic Registry Systems said the Thanksgiving-night theft appears to have been random, given that six other businesses in the office park were burglarized that day. The investigation is ongoing, she said. A Geisinger spokesman said its too early to estimate how many patients will use the identify-theft protection and how much it will cost the system.