Press release from Mission Health, shared Nov. 8:

Members can access to more than 750 Asheville-area physicians

ASHEVILLE — Humana, one of North Carolina’s leading Medicare Advantage providers, and Mission Health, the state’s sixth largest health system, announced on Friday that they have reached agreement on a new contract.

The five-year agreement, which became effective Nov. 1, 2013, provides Humana’s Medicare Advantage Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) and Point of Service and Private Fee for Service (PFFS) members with in-network access to Mission Health’s hospital facilities and provider network, which includes more than 750 physicians.

“Our new partnership with Mission Health highlights Humana’s commitment to growing the provider network and ensure our Medicare members achieve and maintain their maximum health and well-being,” said Tim Moorhead, Humana’s North Carolina vice president of Senior Products. “We are excited this new partnership will substantially increase health care options for Humana’s Medicare members and State of North Carolina retirees who live in the greater Asheville area.”

“This agreement serves to advance our continued commitment to provide western North Carolina patients with the most comprehensive care at the maximum benefit level as an in-network provider,” said Charles Ayscue, chief financial officer with Mission Health.

With the new agreement, people eligible for Medicare who select Humana’s 2014 HMO, PPO and PFFS Medicare Advantage plans during the Medicare annual election period, which runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2013, will be able to receive in-network services at all Mission Health facilities.

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