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Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and Texas HealthSpring Expand Access to Healthcare for Houston-Area Senior Citizens

Houston (April 11, 2006) – Texas HealthSpring, Inc., a Medicare Advantage Plan, together with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Houston’s largest community-based physician group, is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement that will provide Texas HealthSpring members with access to more than 300 physicians in 20 locations.

Effective April 1, Texas HealthSpring members can select Kelsey-Seybold Clinic as their provider. All eighteen of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic’s locations in Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria, and Montgomery Counties are now part of the Texas HealthSpring physician network, and offer patients convenient access to more than 40 specialties, as well as state-of-the-art diagnostic services and an Ambulatory Surgery Center.

Texas HealthSpring, a Medicare Advantage Plan serving Southeast Texas and Angelina, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Tyler, Cameron and Hidalgo Counties, is excited about this announcement and the ability to offer Kelsey-Seybold Clinic as an option to its Medicare Advantage Plan members.

“The addition of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic to our already impressive physician network provides the Medicare beneficiary with tremendous choice when choosing healthcare services in the Greater Houston Area,” says Scott Huebner, President and CEO of Texas HealthSpring. “I encourage all Medicare beneficiaries to take a second look at the value of Medicare Advantage Plans.”

“Since 1949, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic has been committed to improving the quality and value of healthcare delivered in our communities,” notes Spencer R. Berthelsen, M.D., Board Chairman of Kelsey-Seybold Medical Group and a practicing Internal Medicine physician. “We are pleased to begin this new partnership, which will give Texas HealthSpring members greater freedom of choice when choosing a physician, and convenient access to Kelsey-Seybold’s unique brand of medical care.” 

About Kelsey-Seybold

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is Houston's premier multispecialty group practice, founded in 1949 by Dr. Mavis Kelsey in Houston's renowned Texas Medical Center. More than 600 physicians and allied health professionals practice at 31 locations in the Greater Houston area. Kelsey-Seybold offers quality medical care in 65 medical specialties. The organization operates the largest freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center in the state of Texas and offers state-of-the-art Varian TrueBeam and Varian Edge radiation therapy technology at a nationally accredited Cancer Center. An accredited Sleep Center, comprehensive laboratory services, advanced imaging and diagnostics, 19 onsite Kelsey pharmacies and one specialty pharmacy, and MyKelseyOnline, a secure web portal, are part of its comprehensive offerings. Kelsey-Seybold partners with major insurers to offer value-based commercial health plans. KelseyCare Advantage, a Medicare Advantage plan offered to Houston-area beneficiaries and affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, has achieved the coveted 5-out-of-5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for six consecutive years.

Kelsey-Seybold has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the nation’s first accredited Accountable Care Organization and a Level 3 (highest) Patient-Centered Medical Home. Kelsey-Seybold has many physicians in the Greater Houston area certified for excellence in diabetes and heart and stroke care by the NCQA. In addition to these recognitions, Kelsey-Seybold is home to a nationally accredited Breast Diagnostic Center, and Endoscopy Center.

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