Saint Agnes, Kaiser Discuss Specialty Care Contract
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fresno has signed a letter of intent to switch its contract for cardiac care and other specialty services from Community Medical Centers to Saint Agnes Medical Center, the Fresno Bee reports. The move would provide some additional revenue for Saint Agnes, which lost its $52 million managed care contract with PacifiCare of California on May 1. Although officials for Kaiser Permanente and Saint Agnes did not comment on the financial details, the Bee reports that the contract involves a "multi-million dollar, two-year agreement." Kaiser Permanente has used Community Medical Centers for specialty care services for the last seven years, but renewal negotiations "broke down" earlier this year. Community's contract expires June 30. Kaiser spokesperson David DeButts said that the Saint Agnes deal is expected to be finalized in the next few days (Correa, Fresno Bee, 5/10).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.