Tenet inks deals with health plans

Hospital operator Tenet Healthcare (NYSE: THC) has renewed several provider contracts with national and regional health plans, reports Healthcare Finance News.

The Dallas-based corporation inked a multi-year deal with Aetna that covers Tenet's 49 hospitals and 81 freestanding imaging and diagnostic centers. It also includes Tenet's medical group, Tenet Physicians.

"Tenet's facilities and its affiliated doctors have been integral parts of Aetna's networks for many years. We're glad that our members will continue to access their quality healthcare services," said Carl King, head of Aetna National Networks and Contracting Services.

In addition to the Aetna pact, Tenet renewed a regional contract with United Healthcare Community Plan of Pennsylvania to provide care at Hahnemann University Hospital and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, both in Philadelphia. The insurer serves about 280,000 lives in the region. Tenet also reached terms to provide care at both hospitals with Keystone Mercy Health Plan, Pennsylvania's Medicaid managed care insurer. It has about 300,000 enrollees in the area.

"Together, these hospitals and their doctors offer a unique mix of adult and pediatric specialty services that makes them a key part of the Philadelphia community and we are pleased that our members can continue to use their programs and services," said Keystone managed care division president Jay Feldstein.

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