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Business Wire  06/03/2014 11:36 AM ET
Tenet and Florida Blue Establish ACO Agreement

Nearly 10,000 Florida Blue members gain in-network access to Advantage Health Network

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 3, 2014-- Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE:THC) and Florida Blue, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan of Florida, have established an accountable care organization (ACO) agreement that covers nearly 10,000 Florida Blue commercial members in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Effective June 1, Florida Blue's members will have in-network access to Tenet's Florida-based ACO, the Advantage Health Network, which includes more than 900 physicians, as well as 10 acute care hospitals and 36 outpatient centers operated by Tenet Healthcare in South Florida.

“Tenet's ACOs are changing the way physicians coordinate and deliver patient care by reducing readmissions, ER visits and unnecessary duplication of services,” said Clint Hailey, senior vice president of managed care for Tenet Healthcare. “The clinical programs our ACOs continue to implement are improving care delivery and the overall patient experience, and we are pleased to welcome Florida Blue's members into the Advantage Health Network.”

“Tenet Healthcare is a national, leading healthcare services company, and this collaboration emphasizes both organizations' focus on enhancing the efficiency and quality of patient care,” said Andy Marino, vice president of Accountable Care for Florida Blue. “It also furthers Florida Blues' efforts to establish innovative, value-based care delivery models throughout the state.”

This announcement follows similar arrangements between Tenet and Blue Shield of California, Independence Blue Cross and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.

About Tenet

Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a leading healthcare services company, through its subsidiaries operates 77 hospitals, 189 outpatient centers and Conifer Health Solutions, a leader in business process solutions for healthcare providers serving more than 700 hospital and other clients nationwide. Tenet's hospitals and related healthcare facilities are committed to providing high quality care to patients in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.tenethealth.com.

About Advantage Health Network

Advantage Health Network (AHN) is an integrated delivery system that is focused on advancing the provision of healthcare through enhanced coordination among providers who are committed to the use of value-based principles and innovative data solutions. AHN's network is a collaboration between Tenet Healthcare's Florida hospitals and more than 900 physicians covering Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Please visit www.advantagehealthnet.com for more information and a complete list of the AHN providers.

About Florida Blue

Florida Blue, Florida's Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, is a leader in Florida's healthcare industry. Our mission is to help people and communities achieve better health. Florida Blue has approximately four million healthcare members and serves 15.5 million people in 16 states through its affiliated companies. Florida Blue is a not-for-profit, policyholder-owned, tax-paying mutual company. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., it is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit, www.floridablue.com.

This release contains “forward-looking statements” that is, statements that relate to future, not past, events. In this context, forward-looking statements often address our expected future business and financial performance and financial condition, and often contain words such as “expect,” “assume,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek,” “see,” or “will.” Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain. Particular uncertainties that could cause our actual results to be materially different than those expressed in our forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the factors disclosed under “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, and in our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, periodic reports on Form 8-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The information contained in this release is as of the date hereof. The company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information or future events or developments.

Tenet uses its company website to provide important information to investors about the company including the posting of important announcements regarding financial performance and corporate developments.

Source: Tenet Healthcare Corporation

Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Media:
Steven Campanini, 469-893-2640
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or
Investors:
Thomas Rice, 469-893-2522
Thomas.Rice@tenethealth.com
or
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Paul.Kluding@bcbsfl.com

 

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