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October 2, 2007 > Washington Hospital Returns to CalPERS HMO Network

Washington Hospital Returns to CalPERS HMO Network

Washington Hospital Healthcare System and CalPERS HMO, which is administered by Blue Shield of California for the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) reached a three-year agreement last September that has returned the hospital to the CalPERS HMO hospital network. The agreement makes all services of Washington Hospital Healthcare System -- both inpatient and outpatient -- available to CalPERS HMO members. With the Hospital's inclusion in the CalPERS HMO network, all patients insured by Blue Shield, regardless of the plan, can receive care throughout Washington Hospital Healthcare System.
"We're pleased that we can, once again, serve CalPERS HMO members who consider our hospital their first choice for health care services," said Nancy Farber, chief executive officer of Washington Hospital Healthcare System. "This agreement not only benefits local residents, but it also acknowledges our participation and leadership in several quality initiatives."
The agreement with Blue Shield is expected to directly affect more than 4,000 Blue Shield HMO enrollees in Fremont, Newark and Union City, who will now have the option of using Washington Hospital as an "in-network" hospital.

CalPERS HMO members who have questions about hospital services and their insurance coverage are encouraged to call Washington Hospital's Health Insurance Information Service, which is a free and confidential service that can provide information needed to make informed decisions about health insurance. The service may be reached by calling (800) 770-9447.

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