Press Releases

September 12, 2012

Arta joins HealthCare Partners: Orange County Patients and Physicians to Benefit from Merger

TORRANCE, CA., September 12, 2012 - Robert J. Margolis, MD, chairman and CEO of HealthCare Partners, LCC, the country's largest operator of medical groups and physician networks, today announced the signing of an agreement to acquire two independent practice associations (IPAs) - Arta Health Network and Arta western Medical Group - as well as affiliated management services organization (MSO) Western Medical Management. Arta serves Medicaid, Commercial, and Medicare patients in North, Central, and South Orange County, providing care to more than 76,000 patients through a network of 800 primary care physicians and specialists. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“Arta further expands our geographic coverage in Orange County, allowing us to provide quality, cost-effective healthcare for a growing number of Californians,” said Dr. Margolis. “We are excited to join forces with Arta and its talented physician community to deliver patient-centered, coordinated care.”

HealthCare Partners current Orange County operations include Talbert Medical Group, acquired in May 2010, and a growing IPA network, which together serve more than 61,000 patients. “Arta and its skilled physician network have become a recognized and valued provider system in the Orange County community” said Arta President Baruch Fogel, MD. “The substantial medical management and population health resources HealthCare Partners possesses support Arta’s mission and values.”

Western Medical Management CEO, Karri Rodgers, a recognized leader in the Orange County healthcare community, will continue to lead Arta under HealthCare Partners. “I am excited and look forward to working with HealthCare Partners in Orange County as we prepare for the Dual Demonstration Pilot project and the expansion of the Medicaid program,” she said.

In May, HealthCare Partners announced a merger with publicly held DaVita, Inc., a leading provider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The parties continue to believe that the merger will be completed in the fourth quarter of this year.

About HealthCare Partners
HealthCare Partners, LLC, with operations in California, Nevada, Florida, and New Mexico, manages and operates medical groups and affiliated physician networks nationally in its pursuit of excellent quality healthcare delivered in a dignified and compassionate manner. HealthCare Partners, LLC operates HealthCare Partners Affiliates Medical Group (California), HealthCare Partners of Nevada, JSA Healthcare Corporation (Florida), ABQ Health Partners (NM), The Camden Group (a national consulting firm), and the HealthCare Partners Institute for Applied Research and Education. As of August 2012, HealthCare Partners cares for nearly 670,000 managed care patients including over 190,000 Medicare Advantage members. For more information, please visit www.healthcarepartners.com
About Arta
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Arta Health Network and Arta Western Medical Group (collectively known as Arta) were established in 1995 as independent practice associations (IPAs). Each contracts with over 800 primary care and specialist physicians to provide a full spectrum of medical and ancillary services to health plan members. Arta Western Medical is contracted with CalOptima, the County’s Organized Health System, to serve Medi-Cal and Healthy Family members. Arta Health Network serves Commercial HMO and Medicare beneficiaries under several health plans, including Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, Care1st Health Plan, Cigna, Health Net, and MD Care/Humana. For more information please visit www.artahealth.com