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Presbyterian Health Plan Selects Exclusive Behavioral Health Partner

Release Date:

August 23, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Presbyterian Health Plan (PHP) will be submitting a proposal to continue its participation in the state’s Medicaid program that will include managing the full array of Medicaid benefits – both physical and behavioral health – as outlined in the state’s new Centennial Care plan.

After following an extensive evaluation and rigorous planning process, PHP announced today it has selected Magellan Health Services, a nationally recognized behavioral health organization, as its exclusive behavioral health manager.

“As the only original Medicaid contractor in this state, Presbyterian is fully invested in New Mexico and we are very committed to members we serve,” said Dennis Batey, M.D., PHP president. “We are proud to be the only plan that is part of a locally owned and operated fully-integrated system to be submitting a proposal, and this gives us confidence that we can provide a seamless physical and behavioral health experience to our members if awarded a new state Medicaid contract.”

Magellan Health Services serves more than 50 million members nationally, and holds the sole contract for Maricopa County in Phoenix, Ariz., one of the largest public sector behavioral health programs in the country.  Through this relationship, PHP will be responsible for the scope and cost of the Medicaid contract including management of behavioral health services.

About Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Presbyterian Health Plan and Presbyterian Insurance Company Inc. serve more than 400,000 New Mexicans, and are part of the Presbyterian Healthcare Services family. Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. Presbyterian offers eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and the largest and growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 9,000 employees.

Press Contact:

Niki Allcorn
Communications Specialist
E-mail: nallcorn@phs.org 
505-923-6535

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