Park Nicollet First with Medica Brings a Comprehensive and Specialty Focused Approach to My Plan by MedicaSM ACO Options

Available Exclusively through Medica’s Popular Private Health Exchange for Employers

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Medica and Park Nicollet Health Services today announced Park Nicollet First with Medica, an accountable care organization (ACO) option for people who receive their insurance coverage from an employer that purchases Medica’s market-leading private health exchange, My Plan by Medica. Park Nicollet First with Medica is available starting with an effective coverage date of November 1, 2012.

Under an ACO model, Park Nicollet and Medica collaborate to optimize the experiences of consumers and patients. By delivering high quality care with a coordinated approach between insurance coverage and patient care delivery, the healthcare process is simplified and lowers costs for consumers.

Park Nicollet First with Medica members receive:

“We are excited about this opportunity to bring Park Nicollet’s nationally recognized quality care to members of Park Nicollet First with Medica,” said Park Nicollet CEO David Abelson, MD. “This innovative collaboration between providers and payers is pioneering new ways of delivering care that will provide better experiences for our patients.”

"We conceived My Plan by Medica as a private health exchange that highlights consumer-focused ACOs created with outstanding care systems,” said David Tilford, Medica’s president and CEO. “Park Nicollet First with Medica reflects the advanced thinking our organizations have done together and we’re thrilled to offer this to employers and their employees.”

My Plan by Medica is a private health exchange model based on a defined contribution financing approach. Employers determine how much money they want to spend on employee health benefits and then allocate pre-tax dollars into a health account on behalf of each employee. The private health exchange, proprietary to Medica and powered by Bloom Health, allows employers to offer an integrated health plan enrollment experience for their employees – from making a plan selection to account administration and customer service.

Medica ( and ) is a health services company headquartered in Minneapolis and active in the Upper Midwest. The non-profit company provides health care coverage in the employer, individual, Medicaid, Medicare and Medicare Part D markets in Minnesota and a growing number of counties in North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Medica also offers national network coverage to employers who also have employees outside the Medica regional network.

Medica has the highest accreditation status, Excellent, from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA®) for its Minnesota Medicaid HMO plans and commercial health plans in Minnesota and North Dakota. Medica’s vision is to become the community’s health plan of choice, trusted for its integrity, respected for its service, and admired for its commitment to innovation and efficiency.

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Park Nicollet Health Services is an integrated care system that includes Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, Park Nicollet Clinic, Park Nicollet Foundation and Park Nicollet Institute. Park Nicollet Health Services is based in St. Louis Park and has more than 8,100 employees, including more than 1,000 physicians on staff. For more details, visit . Visit us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter .

* Park Nicollet Clinic – Champlin opens in January 2013