Marietta, OH – Marietta Memorial and Selby General Hospitals, part of the Memorial Health System, recently joined a collaborative partnership with Mount Carmel Health Plan, Inc. to offer Medicare Advantage plans to Washington County seniors under the brand name MediGold. Genesis HealthCare System, Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, and Coshocton Memorial Hospital will also participate, as well as each hospital’s associated physicians.
MediGold is a not-for-profit, hospital-owned Medicare Advantage program based in Ohio and enjoys a distinct reputation for providing exceptional customer service throughout Central Ohio.
     “This partnership gives local seniors the option of joining a Medicare Advantage plan that works to improve the quality of healthcare by keeping care coordination in the hands of our regional medical community,” said Scott Cantley, President and CEO of the Memorial Health System. “MediGold is essentially putting hospitals and their affiliated physicians back in the driver’s seat when it comes to managing patient care. We believe many of our Medicare-eligible patients will appreciate this distinction and local connection and will consider MediGold for their insurance needs this fall.”
     Memorial Health System is a member of Quality Care Partners (QCP), a Physician Hospital Organization (PHO). QCP will provide care management, care coordination, and the network of providers for the MediGold plans in Washington County.
     All parties agree the new arrangement uniquely integrates an Ohio-based insurer with local care management practices to improve quality, medical outcomes and cost-effectiveness on behalf of seniors.
     Monthly premiums for MediGold’s new insurance products are expected to start at $0 and include well-positioned benefits to compete favorably within Washington, Guernsey, Muskingum, Noble, Coshocton, Monroe, Morgan, and Perry counties among other Ohio markets.
     “This partnership brings medical coverage and medical care together locally, where it belongs,” says Bob Paskowski, President and CEO of MediGold. “This arrangement supports our mission to become the best Medicare Advantage value for Southeastern Ohio seniors and others who are eligible for Medicare. Many Southeast Medicare beneficiaries have already been asking to join. They soon can.”
     MediGold has released details regarding its new Southeast Ohio plans available in time for Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period. Seniors interested in receiving more information about MediGold may call 1-800-964-4525 and apply between October 15 and December 7 for coverage to begin January 1, 2013.