Methodist Joint Venture Now Part of HealthSpring

Starting August 1, Medicare Advantage plan HealthSpring will give members access to six Methodist hospitals and select MetroCare doctors at in-network rates. Access comes through an agreement with Health Choice, a physician-hospital joint venture between MetroCare Physicians and Methodist Healthcare.

The agreement happened because of Health Choice's long-term relationship with HealthSpring, whose parent company is Cigna. Cigna acquired HealthSpring earlier this year.

Under the agreement, HealthSpring members also will receive the benefit of certain home health services, outpatient surgery centers, minor medical centers, diagnostic centers, sleep centers, and hospice care. The only Methodist Hospital not included is Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

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