Wilkes-Barre General Hospital now accepting Geisinger Health Plan insurance; GHP now accepted at all Commonwealth Health facilities
March 11, 2013
Commonwealth Health and Geisinger Health Plan announced today that they reached an agreement giving Geisinger Health Plan (GHP) members access to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and the hospital’s network of outpatient sites throughout the region. All Wilkes-Barre General Hospital facilities are in-network providers effective March 1, 2013. With the agreement for Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in place, Geisinger Health Plan is accepted at all Commonwealth Health facilities.
The agreement covers all lines of business including: Geisinger Health Plan HMO for businesses; Geisinger Choice PPO for businesses and individuals; Geisinger Gold Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans; GHP Family Medical Assistance plan; GHP Kids Children’s Health Insurance Plan; and Geisinger Health Options for self-funded employers.
"This agreement marks a significant benefit for consumers across the region," says Commonwealth Health CEO Cornelio Catena. "Individuals and families with GHP insurance now have access to a wider array of advanced health services and skilled physicians. Having more options when seeking care is a definite advantage for area residents."
“We are pleased our more than 46,000 members in Luzerne County have additional choices for quality care," says Duane E. Davis, president and CEO for Geisinger Health Plan. "We are committed to providing our members with access to the best providers for their needs.”
Commonwealth Health operates hospitals in four counties, including Berwick Hospital Center, Berwick; First Hospital, Kingston; Mid-Valley Hospital, Peckville; Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton; Regional Hospital of Scranton; Special Care Hospital, Nanticoke, Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tunkhannock and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Also affiliated are the physicians of InterMountain Medical Group and Physicians Health Alliance and five home health and hospice agencies – Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice of Berwick, Commonwealth Home Health of Moses Taylor, Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice of Scranton, Commonwealth Home Health of Tyler, and Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice of Wilkes-Barre.
An affiliate of Commonwealth Health, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital is Northeastern Pennsylvania’s largest community hospital, with 412 beds and a medical staff of more than 400 physicians representing nearly 50 medical and surgical specialties. Noted for its excellence in heart and vascular care, inpatient and outpatient cancer care and wide-ranging surgical specialties, including orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery and minimally invasive surgical procedures, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital is also home to the region's busiest emergency department, which treats almost 60,000 patients a year.
Geisinger Health Plan, began in 1985, is headquartered in Danville, PA and is one of the nation’s largest rural HMOs. GHP is currently the top-rated plan in Pennsylvania and among the top Private and Medicare health plans in the country, according to National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2012-13-Private list. The plan serves approximately 400,000 members in Pennsylvania, Maine, New Jersey and West Virginia. Coverage is available for businesses of all sizes, individuals and families, and Medicare and medical assistance beneficiaries. For more information, please visit www.thehealthplan.com.