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Arizona Physicians IPA Children’s Rehabilitative Services Program Enrollees to Have Access to New State-of-the-Art Care Facility

More than 15,000 Phoenix-area beneficiaries will have access this fall to District Medical Group’s new state-of-the-art Multi-Specialty Interdisciplinary Clinic

PHOENIX (April 25, 2012) – Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in Arizona Physicians IPA Children’s Rehabilitative Services (CRS) program through UnitedHealthcare Community Plan will soon have access to care at a new District Medical Group facility in Phoenix.

Starting October 1, 2012, more than 15,000 CRS enrollees will have access to care at a new Central Phoenix Multi-Specialty Interdisciplinary Clinic (MSIC). This new state-of-the-art facility will provide an array of family medicine, surgery and pediatric services.

Members enrolled in the Arizona Physicians IPA-CRS program have access to care at the following care facilities, in addition to the new District Medical Group clinic: Children’s Clinics for Rehabilitative Services in Tucson; the Flagstaff Medical Center Children’s Health Center; and the Yuma Regional Medical Center Children’s Rehabilitative Services. UnitedHealthcare Community Plan contributed $250,000 to these MISCs to enhance their respective electronic medical records systems, and e-prescribing and practice-management capabilities. The donation is part of an ongoing effort by UnitedHealthcare Community Plan to help improve the state’s health delivery system.

In addition, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan’s Arizona Physicians IPA-CRS and the Children’s Rehabilitative Services Medical/Dental Staff IPA, Inc. (CRS IPA), entered into an agreement to provide covered CRS medical services for Phoenix-based members and CRS members across the state. While the CRS IPA is the primary medical group serving CRS members in the Phoenix MSIC, participating CRS IPA physicians also provide critical telemedicine services and travel to other MSIC locations in the north and south of the state to provide specialty care not available in those locations.

The new DMG facility will, as of Oct. 1, replace St. Joseph’s Hospital Children’s Health Center in providing the health care services for CRS enrollees in Phoenix. St. Joseph’s Hospital Children’s Health Center will continue to provide services through the transition to the new facility, and member benefits will remain unchanged. “District Medical Group’s new Central Phoenix Multi-Specialty Interdisciplinary Clinic will play an integral role in improving Phoenix-area enrollees’ health and well-being,” said Sheila Shapiro, chief operating officer, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan.

Children’s Rehabilitative Services is an Arizona Medicaid program serving more than 24,000 members statewide, including more than 15,000 in the Phoenix area. The program specializes in administering needed health care services for individuals with chronic or disabling health conditions, helping to improve the health and quality of life for children by providing family-centered medical treatment, rehabilitation and related support services.

“We are proud to partner with UnitedHealthcare on such an important program that meets the critical health care needs of our state’s children and families,” said Dr. Kote Chundu, District Medical Group president and CEO. “As a leading health care organization with more than 350 care providers representing all major medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, this partnership means that Arizona children will have access to high-quality care for years to come.”

“We look forward to our partnership with Arizona Physicians IPA-CRS, and our participating care providers are excited about continuing to provide excellent care to Arizona’s children with special needs in a new Central Phoenix facility,” said Dr. Scott Berkman, president of the Children’s Rehabilitative Services Medical/Dental Staff IPA.

About District Medical Group
District Medical Group is a not-for-profit faculty practice plan consisting of more 350 providers who represent all the major medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. Professional clinical services encompass all physician and mid-level (physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse anesthetists, midwives, psychologists, and mental health counselors) staffing a 450 bed acute hospital, a 200 bed psychiatric hospital, a large diagnostic center, 11 family health centers seeing more than 350,000 visits/year, a nationally and internationally recognized burn center, and numerous outreach programs. DMG is the academic faculty practice plan for University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and is affiliated with the area's most comprehensive teaching hospital and medical center, Maricopa Medical Center.

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.

About UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan serves more than 310,000 Arizona residents throughout the state of Arizona, with more than 250,000 AHCCCS members in La Paz, Maricopa, and Pima and Yuma counties. UnitedHealthcare Community Plan also serves the state’s developmentally disabled members in all counties, implements the CRS program on behalf of the state and serves more than 24,000 members through its UnitedHealthcare Dual Complete (HMO SNP) Medicare plan. The health plan is a unit of UnitedHealthcare Community & State, the public sector health care business of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH). UnitedHealth Group is a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. UnitedHealthcare Community & State serves more than 3 million people in government-sponsored health care programs in 24 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit www.uhccommunityplan.com.


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