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created the Company Care Program to handle workers' compensation
cases. The state recently mandated that workers' compensation be
handled through managed care (Orlando Sentinel, 6/16) .........
Nashville, TN-based Envoy Corp. will pay Hartford, CT-based Aetna
U.S. Healthcare $36.4 million for its Healthcare Data Interchange
Corp. subsidiary. As part of the deal, Aetna will contract with
Envoy for its electronic health care transactions (Reuters/New
York Times, 6/17) ........ Flagship Health, a Baltimore-based
doctors group, has agreed to merge with Towson, MD-based Clinical
Associates in a $50 million merger. The deal, which is to be
completed next month, will create Flagship Health Care with 135
physicians serving over 250,000 patients (Somerville, Baltimore
Sun, 6/19) ........ The Western Medical Services division of
Western Staff Services Inc., a national home health and staffing
services provider based in Walnut Creek, CA, has acquired
California-based Amador Home Health Agency Inc. Amador has eight
offices, specializes in providing care in rural areas and reports
annual sales in excess of $10 million (Western Staff Services
release, 6/16) ........ A new dental HMO, Coral Gables, FL-based
Atlantic Dental Inc., began operating in Central Florida in June.
The HMO has 3,000 enrollees and a network of 1,500 South and
Central Florida dentists (Lundine, Orlando Business Journal,
6/16) ......... Rockville, MD-based biotechnology firm PerImmune
Inc. announced yesterday that it has reached an agreement with
Santa Barbara, CA-based Mentor Corp. to market its rapid test for
bladder cancer. The urine test, which was approved by the Food
and Drug Administration in April, tests for the recurrence of
bladder cancer (Guidera, Baltimore Sun, 6/19).