Brown & Toland Physicians Partners with Care1st to Bring New Medicare Advantage Programs to San Francisco Bay Area Plan Announces Expansion to Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Residents in San Francisco and Alameda counties will have a new choice for Medicare Advantage beginning in January, thanks to a new partnership between Brown & Toland Physicians, Alta Bates Medical Group, and Care1st Health Plan.

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With Care1st Health Plan's approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to offer Medicare Advantage programs in San Francisco and Alameda County beginning January 1, 2013, residents in these two counties will now have more choice when selecting Medicare Advantage coverage for 2013.

"We are delighted to add Care1st Health Plan to our network of health plans offering the Medicare Advantage product to our members on both sides of the Bay," said Richard Fish, Brown & Toland's chief executive officer. "The Care1st philosophy, in which the patient comes first, aligns very closely with Brown & Toland's philosophy that care is best when physicians and patients make important health care decisions together."

Members who select a Care1st Medicare Advantage product will now have access to more than 850 Brown & Toland network physicians in San Francisco or 600 Alta Bates Medical Group physicians in Alameda County.

Based in based in Monterey Park, Calif., Care1st Health Plan was founded in 1994 by a group of physicians from private practice, medical groups and hospitals to create a "pro-patient" health plan. Today, the health plan provides Medicare Advantage coverage to more than 400,000 people in both California and Arizona.      

In addition to Care1st Health Plan, Brown & Toland also contracts with other health plans offering Medicare Advantage products. For more information, please visit the Brown & Toland Web site at www.brownandtoland.com.

About Brown & Toland Physicians
Brown & Toland Physicians, based in San Francisco, is an independent practice association (IPA) of about 1,500 physicians serving more than 300,000 HMO and PPO patients across the Bay Area. Brown & Toland is a six-time winner of the California Association of Physician Group's "Elite" honor and in 2011 was selected to participate in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model, a transformative new initiative sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center. To learn more visit www.brownandtoland.com.

SOURCE Brown & Toland Physicians



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