Health Net Terminates Agreements with Six Tenet Healthcare Hospitals in Southern California
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Health Net, Inc. (NYS: HNT) today announced that its subsidiaries exercised their contractual option to terminate agreements with all six of Tenet Healthcare's Southern California hospitals.
The terminations were effective midnight on Dec. 21, 2012. The facilities are: Desert Regional Medical Center, Fountain Valley Hospital and Medical Center, John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Lakewood Regional Medical Center, Los Alamitos Medical Center and Placentia Linda Hospital.
"The decision to proceed with the termination process was difficult," said Steve Sell, president of Health Net's Western Region Health Plan. "We had no choice, however, as Tenet Healthcare has refused our requests to negotiate a new contract that more accurately reflects current statewide market conditions."
Health Net and Tenet Healthcare were nearing the end of a three-year contract. Health Net believes Tenet's reimbursement should be in line with the medical consumer price index, which currently averages more than 3 percent, and that reimbursement for state- and federally funded programs like Medi-Cal needs to be consistent with the funding for those programs. In recent discussions for a new contract, Health Net and Tenet have been unsuccessful in reaching agreement on reimbursement amounts.
"Our goal is to help preserve affordable benefits for our customers, not pass along inflated health care costs," said Sell.
Health Net members, employers, brokers, and consultants will receive further information in the coming weeks. Health Net commercial members with questions may call our Customer Service Department at 1-800-522-0088. Medicare members with questions may call 1-800-275-4737. Medi-Cal and Cal-Optima members may contact 800-641-7761. Employers, brokers, and consultants with questions should contact their Health Net representative.
About Health Net
Health Net, Inc. is a publicly traded managed care organization that delivers managed health care services through health plans and government-sponsored managed care plans. Its mission is to help people be healthy, secure and comfortable. Health Net, through its subsidiaries, provides and administers health benefits to approximately 5.4 million individuals across the country through group, individual, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly referred to as "Part D"), Medicaid, U.S. Department of Defense, including TRICARE, and Veterans Affairs programs. Health Net's behavioral health services subsidiary, Managed Health Network, Inc., provides behavioral health, substance abuse and employee assistance programs to approximately 4.9 million individuals, including Health Net's own health plan members. Health Net's subsidiaries also offer managed health care products related to prescription drugs, and offer managed health care product coordination for multi-region employers and administrative services for medical groups and self-funded benefits programs.
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