Baptist Health South Florida and Medica HealthCare Plans (Medica) announced a renewal of their long-term agreement reflecting their shared commitment to making health care access easier for South Florida Medicare enrollees this week in Miami, Florida.
With the renewed commitment, the organizations will continue collaborating to improve care coordination, enhance health services, and shift Florida’s healthcare system to a model rewarding quality and value.
“This relationship is a positive cultural fit between our two organizations, because we share the same common goal of making health care easier in what has become a complex landscape,” said Ralph Lawson, executive VP and CFO of Baptist Health.
South Floridians participating in Medica Medicare Advantage plans have had in-network access to care at Baptist Health facilities and affiliated physicians in Miami-Dade and Broward counties since Medica was established a decade ago. The relationship will ensure continued, uninterrupted in-network access for Medica members. Those enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s commercial, individual and Medicaid plans will have continued in-network access to Baptist Health.
Following a 2012 acquisition, Medica became part of UnitedHealthcare — the nation’s largest provider of Medicare Advantage, Medicare supplement and Part D prescription drug plans — serving over 3.4 million Floridians, including over one million Medicare beneficiaries.
With seven hospitals and close to 50 facilities in three counties, Baptist Health is the region’s largest healthcare organization. Listed by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America (23rd in the nation), it has remained on the list for 15 years; and was also recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the fifth year in a row by the Ethisphere Institute. Baptist Health South Florida also contracts with other Medicare Advantage plans.
UnitedHealthcare offers the full range of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. It contracts directly over 850,000 medical professionals and 6,000 hospitals and care facilities nationwide.