University Medical Center Lands Managed Care Contracts

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University Medical Center has had some recent luck in

negotiating managed care contracts that may bring the Northside

hospital and its mostly University of Florida affiliated doctors

more business.

Last week, Prudential HealthCare officials announced that the

health plan has struck a deal with the hospital and 36 faculty

physicians to provide care to senior citizens enrolled in their

Medicare health maintenance organization.

Prudential's Medicare plan has 8,637 members in the five

counties of the First Coast.

The hospital has also reached a deal with a Tallahassee-based

Medicaid health plan expanding into the Jacksonville market.

Healthplan Southeast has received permission from state

regulators to expand its commercial and Medicaid health plan

into Duval County, company officials announced last week.

Healthplan Southeast will work with University Medical Center,

the University of Florida physicians and the Duval County Health

Department to provide affordable health plans and wellness

programs to the community, company officials said.

Healthplan Southeast's expansion comes on the heel of

Jacksonville-based Healthcare USA's departure from Florida's

Medicaid managed care market.

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