based in Las Vegas, is a diversified healthcare services company that operates health maintenance organizations, indemnity insurers, preferred provider organizations and a multi-specialty medical group.
Over the last 18 months, at least 34 states have outlawed or curtailed methods that many health maintenance organizations have used to shorten some types of hospital stays, discipline physicians or keep patients in the dark about the incentives and ground rules of managed care.
Pending federal approval, Fallon Senior Plan, one of the nation's oldest Medicare health maintenance organizations, announced today plans to offer a "zero-dollar" monthly premium option for Medicare beneficiaries in Worcester County and portions of Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Middlesex and Norfolk counties.
Lancaster Community Hospital officials said a maternity ward would allow the hospital to be more competitive in attracting contracts from health maintenance organizations and other health insurance plans that want full-service hospitals.
This summary of Best's Rating Changes lists life/health, property/casualty and international insurers, as well as health maintenance organizations, that had ratings assigned, changed or placed under review since this section last appeared in the November 2000 edition of Best's Review.