Two Contracts Signed to Market Physicians Medical Plan Services

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Two contracts have been signed to market the health care services of the doctors of Physicians Medical Plan of Oklahoma in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, it was reported Monday.

Physicians Medical Plan was developed in July 1985 by M.D. Physicians Inc. of Oklahoma City, an independent practice association owned by 564 doctors. This amounts to more than 40 percent of the 1,300 physicians overall in the metro area.

However, the concept has always been to contract with other firms to market Physicians Medical Plan, said Mike Schuster, executive director of M.D. Physicians. Firms signing the marketing contractsinclude:

- Health Care Plus - Oklahoma, a subisidiary of Health Care Plus Inc., which was developed in Wichita by Hospital Corp. of America starting in 1977.

Health Care Plus - Oklahoma will market the services of Physicians Medical Plan doctors primarily to companies with 10 or more employees in the Oklahoma City metro area, said Randy Linaman, president of Health Care Plus - Oklahoma.

- U.S. Life, which operates LIFE CARE, a preferred provider organization which will begin marketing Physicians Medical Plan services to firms in the metro area with two or more employees.

If a LIFE CARE member goes to a Physician Health Care doctor, the deductable is waived, and co-payments are discounted. As a result of working with "cost-efficient doctors," LIFE CARE insuarance premiums are discounted, said Schuster.

"Physicians Health Plan has developed standards for cost-efficient doctors," said Schuster. "A peer review committee will monitor our doctors to see that they continue to meet these standards.

"These involve the length of time patients stay in hospitals and the cost of patients staying in hospitals. In addition to our 564 doctors, we are looking at applications from another 60, but we are not anxious to expand much more.

"We feel we have the most cost-efficient doctors now."

Health Care Plus Inc., meanwhile, was developed as a health maintenance organization offered to employees of participating firms as an alternative to traditional group health coverage, said Linaman.

Today, Health Care Plus Inc. provides comprehensive health care coverage and services to more than 100,000 members, including more than 9,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Health Care Plus 65. …