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July 10, 2014

HealthCare Partners Signs Agreement With L.A. Care For Los Angeles Area Patients Enrolled In Cal Mediconnect

TORRANCE, Calif. (July10, 2014) –HealthCare Partners today announced it has signed a provider agreement with L.A. Care Health Plan to provide services for patients eligible for both Medicare and Medi-Cal (Medi-Medis) in the new program known as Cal MediConnect.

L.A. Care is one of five health plans in Los Angeles County participating in Cal MediConnect, a three-year Medicare and Medi-Cal program that integrates medical care, long-term care, mental health, substance abuse programs, and social services under a coordinated care plan.

“We’re pleased to have this opportunity to join together with L.A. Care to provide outstanding healthcare to Cal MediConnect beneficiaries in Los Angeles County,” said Tom Paulsen, M.D. executive medical director at HealthCare Partners. “We at HealthCare Partners will focus our attention on serving this population through our nationally recognized coordinated care model to drive enhanced quality and high levels of patient satisfaction as a top-performing medical group in this program.”

HealthCare Partners will manage all medical care for beneficiaries in this program while also working with L.A. Care to actively participate in the management of long-term services and supports. Extensive resources are also being provided by both organizations to fully coordinate the behavioral health needs for this population.

“Both organizations understand the complex health needs of dual eligible beneficiaries,” said Howard Kahn, L.A. Care Chief Executive Officer. “L.A. Care has extensive experience in developing innovative programs for low-income populations, and HealthCare Partners has a great reputation for delivering care to a large and diverse Medicare membership. Together, we are committed to providing the best care possible to the Medi-Medi population.”

The agreement is subject to final approval by the Department of Managed Health Care (DHMC).

About HealthCare Partners
HealthCare Partners, LLC, a subsidiary of DaVita HealthCare Partners, manages and operates HealthCare Partners Medical Group along with organizations in Nevada, Florida, Arizona, and New Mexico. HealthCare Partners Medical Group has been named a top-performer for ten years in a row by the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), and has been recognized by health plans and business groups for medical leadership, the high quality of medical care delivered, operational effectiveness, and high rates of patient satisfaction. With more than 1,800 employed and affiliated primary care physicians and more than 4,500 employed and contracted specialists, HealthCare Partners cares for patients in Los Angeles, Long Beach, South Bay, the Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley area, the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys, and Orange County. In addition to primary care doctors’ offices, HealthCare Partners provides medical services through urgent care centers, and offers a wide variety of support programs such as 24-hour telephone support, electronic medical records, free or low-cost health education classes, and special programs for chronic conditions. For more information, please visit www.healthcarepartners.com

About L.A. Care
L.A. Care Health Plan (Local Initiative Health Authority of Los Angeles County) is a public entity and community-accountable health plan serving residents of Los Angeles County through a variety of health coverage programs including L.A. Care CoveredTM, Medi-Cal,L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan, L.A. Care Healthy Families,L.A. Care’s Healthy Kids, L.A. Care Health Plan Medicare Advantage HMO and PASC- SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan. L.A. Care is a leader in developing new programs through innovative partnerships designed to provide health coverage to vulnerable populations and to support the safety net. With more than 1.4 million members, L.A. Care is the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan. For more information about L.A. Care, please visit www.lacare.org.
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