Michigan Medicine and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System announce partnership with Lansing-based Physicians Health Plan to launch the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System in Livonia, Michigan (MI)

Ann Arbor, Michigan – Michigan Medicine and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, a member of Trinity Health, today announced a partnership with Lansing-based Physicians Health Plan (PHP) to bring a new range of Medicare Advantage to Livingston and Washtenaw counties. Plans to enable fall. The plans are marketed under the name UM Health + St. Joe’s Advantage and managed by PHP. UM Health + St. Joe’s Advantage is available to Medicare-eligible residents of these counties during the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) starting October 15, 2021 for the 2022 calendar year.

“Partnering with PHP and adding this new Medicare Advantage plan is an important next step as we continue to improve access to quality care in our communities,” said David Miller, MD, MPH, president of the University of Michigan Health , the clinical branch of Michigan Medicine.

“PHP offers our patient population a trusted and proven health plan. This plan enhances a care model that leverages the strengths of Michigan Medicine and St. Joe’s for the benefit of patients. ”

Members of the UM Health + St. Joe’s Advantage plans have access to a broad network of hospitals and providers, including all Michigan Medicine providers, hospitals and outpatient facilities, and IHA and HVPA primary and specialty care providers within Saint Joseph Mercy Health belong system.

“NS. Joe’s mission is to improve the health of our communities. This Medicare plan with PHP and Michigan Medicine offers a new opportunity to expand our mission and represents an extraordinary benefit for our local seniors,” Alonzo Lewis, President of St. Joe’s Ann Arbor and Livingston, “We look forward to working with our partners on this exciting new project.”

“For nearly 40 years, PHP has served as a locally administered health plan that delivers world-class customer service,” said Dennis Reese, PHP president and chief executive officer. “This new Medicare Advantage plan, with the support of our strategic health system partners, extends our personal care and service to southeast Michigan and offers seniors a new choice of trusted health systems that now include Michigan Medicine and St. Joe’s. ”

For Michigan Medicine, the UM Health + St. Joe’s Advantage is the next step in the strategic partnership with PHP. In 2019, Michigan Medicine became a minority owner of PHP and became the second owner of the health system to join the Lansing-based Sparrow Health System. In 2020, Michigan Care, a PHP commercial health plan, was offered to university and healthcare system staff.
UM Health + St. Joe’s Advantage will be available in Livingston and Washtenaw counties during Medicare AEP starting October 15, 2021. PHP also offers Sparrow Advantage in Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Montcalm, and Shiawassee counties; Alliance advantage in Saginaw, Bay, and Tuscola counties; and PHP Advantage in Calhoun, Jackson, and Kalamazoo counties.

Eligible participants can register for a tariff offered in their area from October 15 to December 7, 2021. Insurance cover for beneficiaries begins on January 1, 2022.

For more information contact:

Media contacts:
Sparrow Health System / Doctors Health Plan
John Forums, Director, Media Relations
[email protected]
517-364-8093 (desk) or 517-256-1743 (media pager)

Michigan medicine
Mary Masson, director, public relations
[email protected]

Trinity Health Michigan / Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Bobby Maldonado, Regional Communications and Public Relations Manager
[email protected]
248-725-2400 (pager)



Physicians Health Plan (PHP) was founded in 1980 and is based in Lansing, Michigan. We are a subsidiary of Sparrow Health System and Michigan Medicine and have a close relationship with Covenant Healthcare. PHP offers individual, group, and Medicare coverage in central, western, and southeastern Michigan and the Saginaw Bay area. Our PHP Medicare plan was one of the fastest growing new Medicare Advantage plans in 2020. We serve more than 60,000 members and participate in more than 9,000 providers and 50+ hospitals. PHP’s mission is to improve the health of its members by facilitating access to quality, compassionate, accessible and inexpensive health services through organized health care systems. For more information on the Physician Health Plan, visit PHPMichigan.com.

At Michigan Medicine, we promote health to serve Michigan and the world. We strive for excellence every day in our five hospitals, 125 clinics, and home care facilities that process more than 2.3 million outpatient visits annually, and we train the next generation of doctors, healthcare professionals, and scientists at our UM Medical School.

Michigan Medicine includes the top-rated UM Medical School and the University of Michigan Health, which includes CS Mott Children’s Hospital, Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, University Hospital, Frankel Cardiovascular Center, Metro Health, and Rogel Cancer Center. UM Medical School is one of the nation’s leading biomedical research centers with a total of more than US $ 500 million in research funding.

The Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS), a member of Trinity Health, is a health organization serving seven counties in southeast Michigan, including Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, and Lenawee. It includes St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor with 548 beds, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland with 497 beds in Pontiac, St. Mary Mercy Livonia with 304 beds, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston with 66 beds, and St. Joseph with 133 beds Mercy Chelsea. Together, the five hospitals are licensed for 1,548 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six emergency care facilities, and more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 15,300 people and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 doctors. SJMHS has approximately $ 2 billion in annual operating income and returns approximately $ 115 million annually to its communities through charitable and nonprofit programs.

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