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SOURCE Gateway Health
PHILADELPHIA, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Gateway HealthSM and the University of Pennsylvania Health System today announced a three-year contract agreement that will improve the quality of healthcare and increase access and affordability of services for Gateway Health Medicare AssuredSM members who live in eastern Pennsylvania. The network includes approximately 1,600 physicians that will now be part of the Gateway Health network that incorporates both primary care and multi-specialty providers. The new agreement is a first for Gateway Health and goes into effect immediately.
The new contract includes access to three Penn hospitals comprised of: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Pennsylvania Hospital. Ancillary services include ambulance, home care, home infusion, sleep centers, ambulatory surgery centers, skilled nursing rehab facilities and free standing radiology.
"We are delighted to provide high quality, reliable care at a reasonable cost with such a prestigious health provider as the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Our members will benefit from one of the nation's oldest and leading academic medical centers with strong ties to the Philadelphia community," says Patricia J. "Patti" Darnley, President and CEO of Gateway Health.
"This collaborative agreement will help support strong patient care coordination to help deliver better quality outcomes for our Medicare members and improve overall health by having access to local doctors and specialists," said Austin Ifedirah, VP Medicare and Strategic Planning, Gateway Health.
Gateway Health offers four Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans (SNPs) that includes programs for those living with diabetes, cardiovascular disease or chronic heart failure, including those who are low income. Our business model of healthcare for the member employs a holistic approach known as Prospective Care Management (PCM®) to help those living with chronic disease address their Behavioral, Environmental, Economic, Medical, Social and Spiritual – BEEMSSSM issues they may face. At Gateway Health we believe in meeting people where they live. For example, Gateway connects with a myriad of local social service and community agencies that members can tap into such as transportation to appointments or have medicines delivered directly to their doorstep.
About Gateway HealthSM
Gateway HealthSM is a nationally ranked managed care organization that focuses on providing the best possible healthcare to a growing number of Medical Assistance (Medicaid) and Medicare members. Gateway Health serves the needs of at risk and vulnerable citizens – those facing chronic diseases, and those who are Medicare eligible and low-income. Gateway members have benefited from services such as disease management, health and wellness programs and preventive care. To learn more about Gateway HealthSM, visit us online at www.gatewayhealthplan.com.
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