New Agreement Between the Healthcare Providers Increases In-Network Coverage for Patients and Members
VIRGINA BEACH AND NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (November 19, 2018)—Demonstrating a joint commitment to ensuring our communities have as many choices as possible for their health care, Optima Health and Riverside Health System have agreed to include Riverside facilities and providers in the Optima Health insurance plan network.
Effective November 15, 2018, all Riverside hospitals, facilities, physician practices and providers are considered in-network for Optima Health members. With this agreement, Riverside joins Sentara, Bon Secours, Chesapeake Regional, and CHKD to offer Optima Health members total coverage of any hospital in Greater Hampton Roads, including on the Eastern Shore, Peninsula and Isle of Wight.
“Optima Health welcomes Riverside providers and facilities to its existing robust network of providers,” said Dennis Matheis, President of Optima Health. “Employers and individuals looking for broader healthcare networks on the Peninsula, Eastern Shore and Isle of Wight can choose Optima Health with confidence knowing they can access the highest quality providers and facilities closest to home.”
This expansion increases the Optima Health existing in-network provider base of more than 26,000 with more than 600 additional Riverside Medical Group providers, predominantly in the Peninsula, Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck areas. For the Eastern Shore, the local Riverside hospital and providers will now be in-network for Optima Health members.
“We believe this will provide improved access for businesses and employees to the outstanding Riverside network of providers, hospitals and Lifelong Health Services (rehabilitation, home health and hospice). It will also help keep insurance premium costs down in the longer term,” according to Dr. Mike Dacey, Chief Clinical Operations Officer.