PPM/MSO News

The new owners of Medpartners laid off about 100 employees last week, the second round of cuts in three months. The layoffs by owner KPC Medical Management (Hemet, CA) come on top of the layoff in October of 500 southern California employees and the closure of 29 clinics, including four in Orange County, reported the Orange County Register. The latest job cuts are primarily in Orange and Los Angeles counties, the Register reported. KPC purchased what was left of the Medpartners network in September, after state regulators seized Medpartners’ network last spring and placed it in bankruptcy.

• PhyCor (Nashville, TN) has appointed Tarpley Jones executive vice president/CFO. Jones served as CFO of Surgical Care Affiliates from 1992 until its sale to Healthsouth (Birmingham, AL) in 1996. In other news, CareWise, a PhyCor company, named Craig Russell president/CEO. Russell previously served as vice president of marketing, sales, and service for CareWise.

• Complete Wellness Centers (CWC; Winter Park, FL) said last week that phase I of the restructuring of its Web site, www.completewellness.com, has been completed. Since the restructuring, CWC’s corporate office and member clinics have been set up to accept e-mail through the Web site, said CWC. The site also allows consumers to search Medline for recent articles on healthcare subjects.