Scripps Health is working to widen access to an HMO that now serves only its employees.
The San Diego health system’s senior vice president of payer relations, Marc Reynolds, told the San Diego Business Journal Jan. 13 that Scripps must first put certain infrastructure in place, but that the idea is to roll out the health plan to local employers this summer.
Scripps has worked increasingly closely with insurers including Cigna and SCAN in recent years. In April it expects to launch Scripps Select, a line of HMO products creating new incentives for local physicians and medical service providers to control health-care expenses; the initiative is a collaboration with Cigna.
Reynolds said the product Scripps is looking to start on its own this summer will be a fully insured HMO.
Scripps has more than 15,000 employees at five acute-care hospitals and other facilities, including 28 outpatient centers and clinics. It treats more than 700,000 patients per year.