SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Brown & Toland Physicians and Alta Bates Medical Group patients will have more choices beginning January 2013, as Humana is now offering Medicare Advantage medical plans to residents in the San Francisco Bay Area. Medicare beneficiaries will soon select their coverage for 2013 during the Medicare Annual Election Period, which runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2012. Starting January 1, Brown & Toland and Alta Bates will be part of Humana's California Medicare network.
"Humana has a long history of providing health care services and products, particularly to seniors," said Richard Fish, Brown & Toland's Chief Executive Officer. "Humana's pioneering healthcare initiatives are designed to provide consumers with the tools and services they need to stay healthy, and we know our partnership will greatly benefit our Medicare Advantage patients."
Humana Medicare Advantage members who select Brown & Toland Physicians or Alta Bates Medical Group as their physician group will have access to a comprehensive network of more than 850 physicians in San Francisco, northern San Mateo County and southern Marin County (Brown & Toland); 600 physicians in the East Bay (Alta Bates Medical Group); and a network of award-winning hospitals and health care facilities on both sides of the Bay.
"Brown & Toland Physicians and Alta Bates Medical Group are among the leading medical groups in Northern California, with both groups offering innovative, quality care to their members," said John Stites, Humana's California Vice President for Senior Products. "Humana offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being for Medicare beneficiaries. We are excited that this partnership will substantially increase health care options for our Medicare members who live in the Bay Area."
In addition to Humana, Brown & Toland also contracts with other health plans offering Medicare Advantage products in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, please visit the Brown & Toland Web site at www.brownandtoland.com.
About Brown & Toland Physicians
Brown & Toland Physicians, based in San Francisco, is an independent practice association (IPA) of about 1,500 physicians (in San Francisco and in the East Bay as the Alta Bates Medical Group) serving more than 300,000 HMO and PPO patients. Brown & Toland is a six-time winner of the California Association of Physician Group's "Elite" honor and in 2011 was selected to participate in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model, a transformative new initiative sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center. To learn more visit www.brownandtoland.com.
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is a leading health care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. By leveraging the strengths of its core businesses, Humana believes it can better explore opportunities for existing and emerging adjacencies in health care that can further enhance wellness opportunities for the millions of people across the nation with whom the company has relationships.
More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company's web site at www.humana.com.
SOURCE Brown & Toland Physicians