Affinity Health System and Humana announce agreement
12 / 27 / 2006
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
(920) 554-0686 (pager)
MENASHA, Wis. – Affinity Health System and Humana announced today the signing of a contract under which Affinity will continue to provide health care services to people enrolled in Humana commercial PPO health insurance plans that use the company’s national PPO network, called the ChoiceCare Network.
The agreement, effective Jan. 1, 2007, covers Calumet Medical Center in Chilton, Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, St.
Affinity Health System has participated in Humana’s ChoiceCare Network since 2002. Humana serves nearly 400,000 health plan members in Wisconsin, with nearly 200,000 of them using the ChoiceCare Network.
“At Affinity, we value our longstanding relationship with Humana and the ChoiceCare Network,” said Daniel E. Neufelder, Affinity president and chief executive officer. “Many Humana members selected Affinity physicians four years ago. They’ve grown to trust us and we’ve helped their families through many life changes. This contract is critical to us because we can continue to care for those who depend on us.”
“We at Humana understand the importance of the ongoing, long-term relationships patients have with their health care providers,” said Larry Rambo, chief executive officer of Humana’s Michigan and Wisconsin markets. “This agreement further enhances Humana’s already strong position in the Fox Valley and provides continued access to Affinity physicians and facilities as well as lasting peace of mind for Humana’s members.”
Terms of the agreement, between Affinity Health System and Health Value Management Inc. (dba ChoiceCare Network), a subsidiary of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), were not disclosed.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.