Managed Care Report

• Lifemark Corp. (Phoenix) has signed an agreement with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), a division of Health Care Service Corp., to share financial risk in the Star+Plus Program contract, effective Dec. 1. Health Care Service Corp. is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The Star+Plus Program is Texas’ managed long term care demonstration project designed to provide integrated acute and long term care services to individuals. Lifemark and BCBSTX first discussed using their combined expertise in 1997 to develop a health plan model in order to participate in the Star+Plus Program, Lifemark said. The annualized revenue of the combined product line is $90 million and covers roughly 20,000 aged, blind, disabled, and other at-risk individuals, Lifemark said.

• Concentra Managed Care’s Concentra Health Services division and NHD (Beachwood, OH) have signed a two-year agreement, effective Jan. 3, to provide medical imaging supply distribution, accessory products, and equipment service to Concentra Health Services facilities nationwide. The contract covers film, film filing supplies, film processor and X-ray equipment service, and related accessories for medical imaging.