New agreement adds UH Cleveland Medical Center, Rainbow Babies & Children’s, Seidman Cancer Center and Bedford Medical Center
CLEVELAND – University Hospitals (UH) and Medical Mutual of Ohio are expanding access to high-quality healthcare in Northeast Ohio by announcing that for the first time in more than 20 years all UH facilities and providers will be in the Medical Mutual SuperMed network.
This notable agreement reached between the two organizations means the following UH facilities will be added to the Medical Mutual SuperMed network for employer groups and individuals, as well as Medical Mutual’s Medicare Advantage network, effective Oct. 1, 2017:
- UH Cleveland Medical Center, including MacDonald Women’s Hospital
- UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
- UH Seidman Cancer Center
- UH Bedford Medical Center
“This is a great day for our members,” said Medical Mutual Chairman, President and CEO Rick Chiricosta. “The inclusion of UH Cleveland Medical Center and the UH Bedford Medical Center means Medical Mutual members can now utilize the full spectrum of services offered by one of the leading health systems in the country.”
Medical Mutual members already have access to UH doctors and other facilities across the UH system. The addition of UH Cleveland Medical Center facilities and UH Bedford Medical Center ensures they can now receive continuity of care across the entire UH range of services, including highly specialized treatments, such as proton therapy, the child and adolescent cancer program, and cystic fibrosis program offered at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH Seidman Cancer Center. Procedures performed at UH facilities will be covered for Medical Mutual members at their highest benefit levels.
“We are pleased to offer complete access for Medical Mutual members to the quality services and specialties available across all UH facilities,” said Thomas F. Zenty, III, CEO of UH. “For more than 150 years, the people of Northeast Ohio have turned to UH for compassionate and quality care. Beginning Oct. 1, the many patients covered by Medical Mutual will be able to seek that care in all of the hospitals and health care facilities in our system including our flagship academic medical center and UH Bedford Medical Center.”
In Northeast Ohio, UH now participates in all major health insurance plans and the Medical Mutual SuperMed network now has all major health systems represented. This means greater choice of health services for employer groups and individuals and families alike.
“Market conditions were right to allow our organizations to come to an agreement that’s in the best interest of our mutual members and patients,” said Chiricosta.
Zenty added, “Both University Hospitals and Medical Mutual are pleased to have reached this momentous agreement. We look forward to welcoming and serving Medical Mutual members at all of our facilities.”
More information about the addition of University Hospitals’ facilities to the Medical Mutual networks can be found at UHhospitals.org.
About University Hospitals
Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 18 hospitals, more than 40 outpatient health centers and 200 physician offices in 15 counties throughout northern Ohio. The system’s flagship academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, located on a 35-acre campus in Cleveland’s University Circle, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The main campus also includes University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and urology. UH Cleveland Medical Center is perennially among the highest performers in national ranking surveys, including “America’s Best Hospitals” from U.S. News & World Report. UH is also home to Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development. UH is the second largest employer in northern Ohio with 26,000 employees. For more information, go to UHhospitals.org.
About Medical Mutual of Ohio
Founded in 1934, Medical Mutual of Ohio is the oldest health insurance company based in Ohio. For more than 80 years, the company has served customers with high-quality, affordable group and personal health insurance plans, and third-party administrative services to self-insured group customers. As a mutual health insurance company, Medical Mutual is unique in that it operates for the benefit of its members. Unlike publicly-traded insurance companies that must maximize their financial return, Medical Mutual does not answer to stockholders or Wall Street analysts. For more information, visit the company’s website at MedMutual.com.