HERSHEY, Pa. & LOUISVILLE, Ky.–()–Penn State Health and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, have signed an agreement that provides in-network access for Humana Medicare Advantage members at Penn State Health facilities – including at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center – and with Penn State Health Medical Group physicians.

The agreement provides in-network access for Humana Medicare Advantage Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), and Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS) health plan members seeking care at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, the region’s only university teaching and research hospital and the only medical facility in Pennsylvania to be accredited as both an adult and pediatric Level 1 trauma center; at Hershey Outpatient Surgery Center in Hershey; and at Hershey Endoscopy Center in State College.

The contract also offers in-network access to Penn State Health Medical Group, Penn State Health’s network of more than 1,100 primary care providers and specialists located across eight counties. This includes doctors of the former Physicians’ Alliance, Ltd. (PAL), which had been the largest independent physician practice group in Lancaster County prior to joining Penn State Health last year.

The agreement supplements existing in-network access for Humana Medicare Advantage members seeking care at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading.

“Humana is excited to announce this agreement as we continue to increase access to care for our Medicare Advantage members in Pennsylvania,” said Humana Regional President Eric Bohannon. “We’re delighted to collaborate with Penn State Health just as Hershey Medical Center celebrates the 55th anniversary of its founding. We value the opportunity to work with a health system that has such a long history of delivering care to the communities it serves.”

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About Penn State Health

Penn State Health is a multi-hospital health system serving patients and communities across 29 counties in central Pennsylvania. It employs more than 13,000 people systemwide. The system includes Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Children's Hospital, and Penn State Cancer Institute based in Hershey, Pa.; Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, Pa.; and more than 1,400 physicians and direct care providers at 119 medical office locations. Additionally, the system jointly operates various health care providers, including Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital, Hershey Outpatient Surgery Center, Hershey Endoscopy Center, Horizon Home Healthcare and Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute. Penn State Health shares an integrated strategic plan and operations with Penn State College of Medicine, the University's medical school. With campuses in State College and Hershey, Pa., the College of Medicine boasts a portfolio of more than $100 million in funded research and more than 1,700 students and trainees in medicine, nursing, other health professions and biomedical research.

About Humana

Humana Inc. is committed to helping our millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.

To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities, resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more effective.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at www.humana.com, including copies of:

  • Annual reports to stockholders
  • Securities and Exchange Commission filings
  • Most recent investor conference presentations
  • Quarterly earnings news releases and conference calls
  • Calendar of events
  • Corporate Governance information

More Information

Humana is a Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO, and PFFS organization with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in any Humana Medicare plan depends on contract renewal. Other providers are available in our network.


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