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Integrated Healthcare Holdings Hospitals in Orange County Signs Contract with UnitedHealthGroup

Posted Jul 13 2010 1:53pm

IHHI should almost have their own book or soap opera as they have been through some very unusual ups and downs and the chain must have 9 lives.  Apparently image things are coming back under order since the former owner is now back in charge, and his funding comes from a hedge fund. 

We are seeing more of this happening today but it was obvious good enough to help the chain of 4 hospitals sustain and perhaps find new payer contracts as indicated with UnitedHealthGroup.  Take notice as the name has changed here with the “care” portion that has disappeared:)

This was actually a bidding situation with Prime Healthcare also having an interest. 

The new agreement could help send more “insured” patients as some of their facilities rely heavily on Medicaid and Medicare for reimbursement.  Private equity firms and other investors today have a big interest in hospitals and just an FYI, United also is in the business to make small loans too, as such was the case for this Petaluma facility.

United is getting very diversified these days and more can be read here about some of their recent subsidiary actions.  The contract also might help some patients who through their employers have United and no longer can be seen at St. Joseph’s Hospital due to contract issues there as the old Pacificare HMO contracts are converted over to United, who bought Pacificare a few years ago.  BD  image

CYPRESS, Calif.--( EON: Enhanced Online News )--UnitedHealthcare has announced a new network relationship with Integrated Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (IHHI), giving UnitedHealthcare commercial and Medicare health plan customers access to care provided by IHHI’s four hospitals in Orange County.

IHHI owns and operates Chapman Medical Center, Coastal Community Hospital, Western Medical Center Anaheim and Western Medical Center Santa Ana. The new agreement is effective immediately.

Founded in 2003, IHHI is a publicly traded hospital management company that serves Orange County residents with a total of 762 beds, 3,201 employees and 1,438 physicians.

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