August 22, 2008

Arizona Physicians IPA and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Sign Contract to Provide Services to Arizona CRS Beneficiaries

Arizona Physicians IPA (APIPA) and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center today announced an agreement that will provide beneficiaries of the Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS) Children's Rehabilitative Services program (CRS) with access to the facility's full range of services and physicians.

Bill Hagan, CEO of APIPA, which was awarded a contract by the state to manage the CRS program beginning October 1, said, "We are pleased that CRS beneficiaries and their families in Phoenix and the surrounding area will continue to have access to the services provided by St. Joseph's. APIPA and St. Joseph's are committed to high quality health care and comprehensive services to the vulnerable population served by the CRS program."

Scott Berkman, M.D., F.A.A.P., President of Children's Rehabilitative Services Medical/Dental IPA, said, "The Medical/Dental IPA for Children's Rehabilitative Services looks forward to working with APIPA to continue the care of these uniquely complex children of Arizona. The families enrolled in CRS and their providers will certainly be excited to hear that the hospital and clinical services will continue unchanged."

John Peters, St. Joseph's CFO, said, "We are extremely pleased that our CRS patients and families will continue to receive the vital medical services they need in familiar surroundings from caregivers with whom they have a relationship, and we look forward to working APIPA to ensure the success of the CRS program in the future."

Joan Agostinelli, Administrator of the CRS program, said, "We are pleased that CRS members will continue to be able to receive care from the doctors that they have come to know through St. Joseph's. ADHS looks forward to working with both APIPA and St. Joseph's in continually improving the system of care for children and youth with special health care needs."


APIPA, a unit of AmeriChoice, a UnitedHealth Group company, has served the needs of medically underserved Arizonans since 1982, including beneficiaries of the State's AHCCCS program and other government sponsored program such as Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans, developmentally disabled, premium share and Medicaid in the Public Schools. APIPA currently serves nearly 280,000 AHCCCS members, many with unique or complex health conditions. In addition, it has 14,200 Medicare Special Needs Plans members and more than 9,600 Developmentally Disabled (DD) individuals through its contract with the Arizona Department of Economic Security/Division of Developmentally Disabled.

About St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center

Located in the heart of Phoenix, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is a 743-bed, not-for-profit hospital that provides a wide range of health, social and support services, with special advocacy for the poor and underserved. Founded in 1895 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph's offers a wide range of specialized medical services and is the second largest provider of pediatric programs in Arizona.

About Children's Rehabilitative Services

The Children's Rehabilitative Services program (CRS) is administered by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs (OCSHCN). The mission of CRS is to improve the quality of life for children and youth up to age 21 with special health care needs by providing family-centered medical treatment, rehabilitation, and related support services.