NHPRI exiting Rhody Health Options program

NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH PLAN of Rhode Island will discontinue its participation in the Rhody Health Options plan in favor for its INTEGRITY plan starting Sept. 30.

PROVIDENCE – Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island has notified the R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services it will end its participation in the Rhody Health Options program Sept. 30.

The program was intended as a transitional business line to serve at-risk Rhode Islanders until an integrated Medicare-Medicaid product was launched and operational. With Neighborhood’s INTEGRITY product in place for the last two years serving more than 13,000 dual-eligible Rhode Islanders, the transition has been achieved.

“We are not wavering on our 25-year commitment to serving Rhode Island’s most needy residents,” said Peter Marino, president and CEO of Neighborhood. “The INTEGRITY product is positioned to provide seamless coverage to members. Members can benefit from having one set of health benefits rather than trying to navigate Medicaid, Medicare and Part D separately.”

Neighborhood launched INTEGRITY in July 2016 to provide members with a holistic approach to their health care needs with integrated care management and medical services for members.

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“We want to better serve our membership and be good stewards of state resources,” said David Burnett, chief growth officer of Neighborhood. “We believe focusing on INTEGRITY’s integrated managed care model is the right way to deliver on both those goals.”

Rob Borkowski is a PBN staff writer. Email him at Borkowski@PBN.com.