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Priority Health, McLaren expand relationship to include more of their Michigan hospitals

New deal adds hospitals in Lansing, Flint and other cities as well as 1,000 physicians to list of providers Priority Health customers can access.

Beth Jones Sanborn, Managing Editor

McLaren Lansing Hospital-photo via <a href=""> kennethaw88 </a>McLaren Lansing Hospital-photo via kennethaw88

Priority Health customers with HMO, PPO, POS and Medicare Advantage plans can now seek healthcare services at McLaren hospitals and physician organizations throughout Michigan, thanks to a new agreement the two systems announced.

The new deal adds the McLaren hospitals located in Lansing, Bay City, Lapeer and Flint to Priority Health's network, along with roughly 1,000 physicians, Priority Health said.

The new agreement modifies the existing relationship between the two systems that originated in  2007. In 2014, Priority Health and McLaren updated their agreement to include McLaren's Northern Michigan, Central Michigan, Karmanos, Oakland and Macomb hospitals in the Priority Health network, the system said.

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Priority health is a Michigan-based nonprofit health plan whose network of providers touts 95 percent of practicing physicians available in Michigan and more than 900,000 nationwide, the system said.

McLaren Health Care is based in Flint, Michigan, and includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, a primary care physician network, a network of cancer centers and a medical malpractice insurance company.

Twitter: @BethJSanborn

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