SurgCenter Development and Humana Inc have entered into a national network agreement expanding Humana commercial and Medicare health plan member access to SurgCenter’s outpatient surgery centers across the country.

The agreement adds more than 100 SurgCenter locations to Humana’s national provider network, and supports total joint replacement (knees, hips, shoulders) for Humana members in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting.

SurgCenter Development is a national ASC system with a network of more than 100 partnered surgery centers in 24 states. It comprises 16 facilities currently under development, as well as an operational portfolio of 114 centers and more than 1,800 physician partners.

“We’re thrilled to extend our joint replacement programs to both commercial and Medicare Advantage members through this partnership with Humana,” says Emily McCarthy, executive vice president of Strategic Initiatives for SurgCenter Development, in a media release.

“As the need for high-quality care in the outpatient setting continues to grow, our facilities and surgeon partners are the driving force behind reducing infection rates; improving patient satisfaction; and providing excellence in patient outcomes, while making complex orthopedic procedures more affordable for consumers, all of which will now be available to Humana members.”

“We’re excited to take this step and significantly expand and enhance Humana members’ access to total joint replacement outside the hospital, in a surgery center setting, through this national agreement with SurgCenter,” states Dr Preeti Jois, Humana Care Decision Insights medical director, the release continues. “We look forward to partnering with SurgCenter on working to achieve better health outcomes and lower costs for our members.”

[Source(s): SurgCenter Development, Humana Inc, Business Wire]