SOURCE: Private Healthcare Systems

March 07, 2005 11:21 ET

AvMed Health Plans Selects Private Healthcare Systems PPO Network Services

WALTHAM, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 7, 2005 -- Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), the nation's leading health care cost management company, today announced that it will provide PPO network services to AvMed Health Plans of Florida.

Headquartered in Miami, AvMed is Florida's largest not-for-profit health plan. Through an extensive broker network, AvMed offers health care coverage on a fully insured and self-funded basis for large and small employer groups throughout Florida. AvMed has received accreditation from NCQA, an independent, nationally recognized quality assurance organization, for both its commercial and Medicare products in all of its regional markets.

AvMed Health Plans' national partnership with the PHCS Network allows it to extend coverage beyond AvMed's service area. "This is just one more example of how AvMed is expanding its product portfolio to combine access and choice with flexibility and service to members," said Avmed Sr. VP of Marketing Ed Hannum. AvMed members will be able to access seamless health care services and reduce claims costs through the nation's largest proprietary PPO network of nearly 450,000 providers and more than 4,000 facilities.

"AvMed has more than 36 years experience in providing flexible, quality health plan solutions in Florida," said James Herrington, PHCS Chief Marketing Officer. "PHCS is very pleased to support AvMed and its customers with convenient and cost-effective access to health care."

About PHCS

For 19 years, Private Healthcare Systems has been meeting the network and care management needs of customers across the country. Corporate headquarters are in Waltham, Massachusetts, with regional offices located throughout the United States. The largest national proprietary PPO, the PHCS Network includes nearly 450,000 providers and more than 4,000 facilities. PHCS is the first and only national PPO to earn four endorsements of quality from two independent, nationally recognized quality assurance organizations, NCQA and URAC.

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