Baptist Health South Florida and Leon Medical Centers Health Plans (Leon Medical Centers) today announced that they have established an agreement for the 2019 Medicare benefit year, reflecting their shared commitment to provide more choices for South Florida residents enrolled in Medicare. This agreement will provide patients with greater and more convenient access to the quality healthcare services they need.
Through this newly formed relationship, South Florida residents enrolled in Leon Medical Centers Health Plans, a Medicare Advantage plan, will in 2019 have in-network access to care through many of Baptist Health’s Miami-Dade County facilities and physicians including Baptist Hospital, Doctors Hospital, South Miami Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute.
“Each year, as patients review their options for Medicare Advantage plans during open enrollment, the choices of physicians and hospitals included in the various plans become a determining factor in their selection,” said Brian E. Keeley, president and chief executive officer of Baptist Health. “Our relationship with Leon Medical Centers Health Plans and Leon Medical Centers is representative of our mutual vision and commitment to improve the health and wellness of Medicare patients in our community.”
“At Leon Medical Centers, we have admired and respected Baptist Health’s commitment to our community as well as their clinical excellence since we established our footprint in Miami Dade in 1996,” said Benjamin Leon, Jr., chairman and founder of Leon Medical Centers. “Our organizations share the same values and objectives when it comes to caring for our patients and employees. We believe that innovation and collaboration are essential in the healthcare industry, and now is the perfect time to offer South Florida Medicare patients an opportunity to receive care from two healthcare leaders in our community.”
Through this agreement, Baptist Health South Florida and Leon Medical Centers Health Plans/Leon Medical Centers will work closely to improve clinical outcomes and strengthen channels for care coordination for the benefit of our patients. Both organizations are affiliated with Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, which will also strengthen our ability to advance clinical research and support the development of primary care physicians with specialization in geriatric medicine.