HealthCare Partners Signs Agreement with Care1st to Provide Care for Cal MediConnect Patients in Los Angeles County

Released on: October 10, 2014, 3:09 pm (EDT)
Industry: Healthcare

Torrance, Calif., October 10, 2014 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- HealthCare Partners announced today it signed a provider agreement with Care1st Health Plan to care for patients in Cal MediConnect, a new program for patients eligible for both Medicare and Medi-Cal.

Care1st is one of five health plans in Los Angeles County participating in Cal MediConnect, the three-year pilot program that integrates all medical and pharmaceutical care, behavioral health care and long-term services and supports under a coordinated care plan.

“HealthCare Partners is pleased to work with Care1st to bring benefits and access to care together under a single health plan for the highly vulnerable dual-eligible population,” said Executive Medical Director Tom Paulsen, M.D., at HealthCare Partners. “We are confident that our nationally recognized, patient-centered, coordinated care model will drive enhanced quality and patient satisfaction in the Cal MediConnect program.”

HealthCare Partners will manage all medical care for patients in Cal MediConnect while also working with Care1st to actively participate in the management of long-term services and supports. Both organizations bring extensive resources to the partnership to fully coordinate the behavioral health needs of this population.

“Care1st has a long history of serving this population and working closely with medical groups such as HealthCare Partners to put our members\' needs first,” said Care1st Chief Medical Officer Jorge Weingarten, M.D. “As part of Cal MediConnect, we’ll provide our members with the personalized, integrated care they need. This will optimize healthcare outcomes and promote access to the services these patients are eligible for under both the Medicare and Medi-Cal programs.”

The agreement is pending Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) approval.

About HealthCare Partners
HealthCare Partners, LLC, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., 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 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

About Care1st Health Plan
A plan dedicated to members first, Care1st Health Plan was founded in 1994 by a group comprised of physicians, organized medical groups, and hospitals with the heart of the community at the forefront of their minds. This dynamic team came together to create a pro-patient healthcare delivery system that has grown over 500,000 members today. Care1st offers plans for Medi-Cal, Medicare Advantage HMO, and Dual Eligible Special needs plans. The same healthcare professionals continue to lead Care1st as an expanding consumer based organization, striving to deliver the right care, more choices, competitive health benefits and physician focused service.

Contact-Details: Robert Klein
HealthCare Partners

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