Managed Care Report

Health Options, a subsidiary of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSFL; Jacksonville, FL), has introduced BlueCare, a new line of healthcare plans designed to meet the needs of Florida businesses. BlueCare offers companies with fewer than 50 employees a choice of 20 new health plans, as well as customized health plans for larger companies. BlueCare features include affordable prescription coverage and wellness and preventative care.

• HIP Health Plan of New York (New York) has formed an alliance with Montefiore Medical Center and Lenox Hill Hospital and is working to develop an alliance with Mount Sinai Medical Center and NYU Medical Center to give HIP’s members unprecedented access to four of New York City’s premier medical institutions. HIP Chairman/CEO, calling the announcement a major development, said the deal is a "unique affiliation between a healthcare company and outstanding members of the provider community. It will provide an integrated and systematic approach to the delivery of healthcare services."