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Lovelace CEO’s Assertion About Patient Coercion Completely False

Release Date: 10/22/2012

(ALBUQUERQUE, NM) October 22, 2012 – The following is a statement from Optum’ President Harry Magnes, responding to Lovelace Health System CEO Ron Stern’s false assertion in media interviews that Optum doctors have a financial interest in an insurance company and are coercing patients:

“What Mr. Stern alleges is beyond the pale and is completely false. Our doctors have no financial interest in any of the insurance companies with which we contract. His assertion that our doctors are coercing patients is insulting. Optum is moving toward a model of coordinated care that puts patients first and has proven to keep them healthy and out of the hospital. Mr. Stern is afraid such a model of care will hurt Lovelace’s bottom line, which relies on putting patients’ heads in hospital beds.”

Optum is committed to our patients. The continuity of their care is our priority. As doctors we reserve the right to educate our patients about changes in health care and to let patients make their own choices. Again, we have no financial interest in any insurance company. Rather we are interested in contracting with health plans that share our vision for helping patients lead healthy and happy lives.

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