Minuteman Health Network Increases by 3,000 Providers BOSTON (October 10, 2013) - Minuteman Health (MHI) announced today that Steward Health Care, the largest community hospital network in New England, has been added to Minuteman Health’s provider network, nearly doubling member access. Minuteman Health’s plan options are available through the Health Service Administrators (HSA) and the MA Health Connector with effective dates as early as January 1. The addition of Steward’s 11 hospitals to the Minuteman Health provider network is effective immediately and the physicians will be listed on the Massachusetts Health Connector website by mid-October. “We are pleased to add the Steward family of physicians and hospitals to our members,” said Thomas Policelli, Minuteman’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our member-governed plan is dedicated to providing excellent care throughout the region at an affordable price; having Steward in the network is a strong addition. We encourage anyone reviewing our information on the Connector site to remember that the 3,000 Steward physicians and 11 hospitals will be added to the Connector website as soon as possible. Please revisit the Connector website in the coming weeks if you do not see your physician listed yet.” New to the market this year, Minuteman Health is a member-governed, non-profit health plan that seeks to remove inefficiencies from today’s health insurance system in order to lower administrative costs, provide better quality care, and lower health care premiums. Based in Boston, Steward Health Care System has more than 17,000 employees serving more than one million patients annually in more than 150 communities. Hospitals in the system include Carney Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Holy Family Hospital, Merrimack Valley Hospital, Morton Hospital, Nashoba Valley Medical Center, New England Sinai Hospital, Norwood Hospital, Quincy Medical Center, St. Anne’s Hospital, and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. With the addition of Steward, the Minuteman Health provider network has grown to 26 hospitals and over 6,000 physicians, including Tufts Medical Center, Tenet Healthcare, the New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA), and Lahey Health. The new partners share the same business model on being a low-price leader in the provision of high quality care.
Minuteman Health is a new member-governed, non-profit health insurance option for Massachusetts’ residents. The company intends to offer individuals and small businesses lower-cost high-quality care with unprecedented transparency, increased efficiency and its unique member-governance structure. Plan members will directly participate by electing the board of directors, becoming board members and providing input for cost management and service delivery. Minuteman will be marketed through their website, brokers and the Massachusetts Health Connector.
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