Mercy and SummaCare partner to offer Medicare Advantage products
Posted October 02, 2012
Upcoming enrollment period offers seniors more choice in provider networks
TOLEDO, Ohio (Sept. 25, 2012) - Mercy and SummaCare, Inc. have formed a partnership that enhances consumer choice by providing seniors access to affordable, high quality healthcare through the Mercy network of providers. Together, Mercy and SummaCare will offer seniors access to SummaCare's Medicare Advantage products in Defiance, Lucas and Seneca Counties effective January 1, 2013.
Akron, Ohio-based SummaCare Medicare Advantage plan will offer in-network access to the Mercy health system and its affiliated quality primary care and specialist physicians, a comprehensive network of convenient outpatient services, and seven hospitals including Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Mercy Children's Hospital, Mercy St. Charles Hospital, Mercy St. Anne Hospital, Mercy Defiance Hospital, Mercy Tiffin Hospital and Mercy Willard Hospital. Toledo Clinic physicians and University of Toledo Medical Center also will be providers in the network.
Beginning October 15, Medicare-eligible residents of these counties will now have the opportunity to enroll in SummaCare's Medicare Advantage plans - an alternative to traditional Medicare coverage. Details of the available plans will be available two weeks prior to the start of the Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP) for 2013 benefits, which runs through Dec. 7.
"At Mercy, we are always looking for ways to meet the changing needs of our patients. This partnership enables us to enhance access to the Mercy system of care and further improve quality, medical outcomes and cost-effectiveness on behalf of Northwest Ohio seniors," said Andrea R. Price, FACHE, President and CEO of Mercy. "We've chosen to partner with SummaCare because we have a shared commitment to quality and excellence in healthcare. SummaCare has a deep knowledge of the way managed care plans work best, and a track record of excellence in coordinating quality care for Medicare beneficiaries. We look forward to working with SummaCare to further improve the health and wellness of our local seniors."
"We are pleased that Mercy's superior network of physicians, outpatient locations and hospitals will be joining SummaCare's Medicare Advantage network," said Marty Hauser, President, SummaCare, Inc. "Eligible residents of Northwest Ohio will appreciate the comprehensive selection of Medicare Advantage products we will make available to them under this partnership."
This year four Mercy hospitals received an "A" rating in the annual Hospital Safety Assessment conducted by The Leapfrog Group. Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Mercy St. Anne Hospital, Mercy St. Charles Hospital and Mercy Defiance Hospital were among the 729 out of 2,651 hospitals across the nation to receive an "A" ranking, identifying them among the "safest" hospitals in the nation.
Established in 1993, SummaCare offers a full line of health plans including PPO plans and Medicare Advantage plans plus life, dental and vision plans. Through its extensive network of more than 8,000 providers and more than 60 hospitals, SummaCare offers coverage to more than 225,000 members. SummaCare is the only plan recognized in Ohio by the Health Industries Research Company as a health plan with the most effective disease management programs for asthma, heart failure and diabetes.
Mercy is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system based in Toledo serving 20-counties in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Mercy provides comprehensive primary and critical care services to residents and operates seven hospitals strategically located throughout the region as well as Life Flight critical air transport services and Mercy College of Ohio.
Mercy is composed of Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Mercy St. Charles Hospital, Mercy St. Anne Hospital, Mercy Children's Hospital, Mercy Tiffin Hospital, Mercy Willard Hospital and Mercy Defiance Hospital.
In 2011, Mercy was proud to provide more than $79.1 million in community benefit. With more than 7,500 employees and 2,500 medical staff members, Mercy has been a part of the communities it serves for more than 155 years. Please visit mercyweb.org for additional information regarding Mercy.
Mercy is a member of Catholic Health Partners, the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest non-profit systems in the country, employing more than 32,000 associates in Ohio and Kentucky. CHP is one of the top health systems in the nation for quality and efficiency as rated by Thomson Reuters. With $5.1 billion in assets, CHP operates more than 100 health facilities, including 24 hospitals, 15 senior living communities, five hospice programs, eight home health agencies, and a health insurance plan.