With HealthSpan dissolving, dozens of physicians join competing Ohio systems

As HealthSpan Physician prepares to dissolve March 31, most of the Cleveland-based health plan's physicians have signed on with other northeast Ohio health systems, according to Crain's Cleveland Business.

HealthSpan announced in December it would cease operations of the exclusive physician group for its health plan members at the end of March.

Twenty-four physicians have joined Cleveland Clinic while 31 have joined Cleveland-based University Hospitals. Cleveland-based MetroHealth System hired 40 HealthSpan physicians in January and now has a total of 58 of the health plan's providers, a health system spokesperson told Crain's.

Seven physicians have signed on with Summa Health in Akron, Ohio, and each of the following hospitals will take on between one and three HealthSpan physicians: St. VincentCharityMedicalCenter in Cleveland, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, MercyRegionalMedicalCenter in Lorain, Southwest General in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, and Akron Children's Hospital.

HealthSpan recently forged a deal with Concord Township, Ohio-based LakeHealth to allow members of the HealthSpan Partners insurance network to be seen by LakeHealth's nearly 250 physicians.

"We're required by law to ensure that we have providers in the area that our members can see," HealthSpan spokesman Chuck Heald said, according to the report. "So we were able to work out a contract with LakeHealth to continue to provide coverage over there."

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