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Florida Hospital Healthcare System and Health First Partner to Offer Health Insurance Products

ORLANDO, Fla., August 25, 2013 - Florida Hospital Healthcare System (FHHS), Florida Hospital’s administrator for employee health insurance, and Health First Health Plans of Brevard County, Fla., are embarking on a new partnership to provide health insurance offerings across 10 counties from Tampa to Orlando and Daytona Beach and throughout Central Florida.  A contract is still being finalized but both organizations are excited about joining forces to develop a variety of trusted health insurance products that could be available to Medicare and commercial patients with access to world class medical professionals.

“The business structure of healthcare is evolving,” said Mike Schultz, president and CEO of the Adventist Health System Florida Region.  “With more Medicare and Medicaid payment reductions expected in the future, partnerships with quality companies like Health First allows us to strengthen our healthcare system and provide more local insurance options for the community.”

As announced earlier this year, the FHHS and Health First team agreed to pilot its first product to Medicare patients in Volusia and Flagler Counties.  Florida Hospital Care Advantage, administered by Health First, will roll out in January 2014 with the five Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler Counties providing infrastructure, as well as quality clinical and physician support for the plan.  Health First Health Plans brings more than 15 years of experience, a 4.5 Star Medicare Advantage Rating and more than 60,000 members to the partnership and will manage the operational responsibilities of the plan.  Open enrollment for this first product in Volusia and Flagler Counties begins October 15, 2013.

As the FHHS and Health First Health Plans partnership matures, future insurance products could be created for residents of the Metro Orlando and Tampa areas. 

“Health First is excited about teaming up with Florida Hospital to offer additional health insurance options to Central Florida residents,” said Steve Johnson, Health First President & CEO. “This partnership is part of our overall strategy and vision to keep healthcare local, robust and sustainable—and to provide an integrated delivery network to our community and beyond.”

About Florida Hospital Healthcare System
Florida Hospital Healthcare System (FHHS) is a healthcare organization and administrator for employee health benefits.   As a partnership between Florida Hospital and its physicians, FHHS’s goal is to effectively coordinate high quality, cost effective patient care and help members remain healthy.   FHHS operates healthcare networks serving the needs of Central Florida focusing on Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Volusia, Flagler, Highlands, Hardee, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties with 23 hospitals, 22 urgent care centers, over 4,000 physicians and multiple ancillary providers.  As a complete Third Party Administrative (TPA) services, FHHS also offers benefit administration for local employers and those with employees throughout the Central Florida area. To learn more visit www.fhhsonline.com.

About Health First
Founded in 1995, Health First is Central Florida’s only fully integrated health system and employs more than 7,500 people and has four hospitals (including Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital, Cape Canaveral Hospital and Viera Hospital). Health First Health Plans also offers a wide variety of health insurance plan options for Brevard and Indian River Counties. In addition, Health First is home to Brevard County’s only Trauma Center. Health First Medical Group is the largest multi-specialty physician group on the Space Coast. Health First offers numerous outpatient and wellness services, including four Pro-Health and Fitness Centers. Visit www.Health-First.org for more information.