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Optum and Lovelace Reach New Agreement

Release Date: 12/2/2013



Optum and Lovelace Reach New Agreement


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (December 2, 2013) – Optum (ABQ HP), a subsidiary of Optum HealthCare Partners, and Lovelace Health System have signed an agreement that will allow Lovelace patients and members to immediately access ABQ HP physicians and providers.

“Optum’ physicians and providers are pleased to welcome back Lovelace patients and members,” said Misha Palecek, president of ABQ HP.  “ABQ HP offers comprehensive health care services and patient-centered care to our community.  We look forward to caring for Lovelace patients and members and providing them with high-quality health care services.”

“We’re pleased to have these providers rejoin our network,” said Ron Stern, president and CEO of Lovelace Health System.  “It improves access for the community, especially for primary care, and broadens our network, giving our patients and members more quality choices.”

Optum and Lovelace will begin immediately notifying patients and members of this change.

ABQ HP  has 18 clinic locations and more than 250 providers throughout Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.

It was recently announced that Lovelace Health System has reached an agreement for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) to acquire Lovelace Health Plan, which is anticipated to close approximately Dec. 31. Although the Lovelace and ABQ HP provider agreement was in the works for some time, its recent completion will allow for better continuity of care when the BCBSNM and Lovelace transaction closes. 

For more information on Optum, please visit  For more information on Lovelace Health System, please visit For more information on Optum HealthCare Partners, please visit


About Optum:

ABQ HP is a physician-led, multi-specialty medical group based in Albuquerque. The company offers comprehensive health care services backed by 43 medical and surgical specialties. ABQ HP also offers the convenience of walk-in clinics that provide urgent care services. 


About Lovelace Health System:
Lovelace Health System consists of Lovelace Medical Center, Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital, Lovelace Women’s Hospital, Lovelace Westside Hospital, Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center, Lovelace Regional Hospital-Roswell, Lovelace Health Plan, Lovelace Medical Group, Southwest Medical Associates and 11 retail pharmacy locations in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Santa Fe.


About Optum HealthCare Partners: 

Optum HealthCare Partners Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is the parent company of Optum and HealthCare Partners. Optum is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. As of Sept. 30, 2013, Optum operated or provided administrative services at 2,042 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 166,000 patients. The company also operated 66 outpatient dialysis centers located in 10 countries outside the United States. HealthCare Partners manages and operates medical groups and affiliated physician networks in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Florida in its pursuit to deliver excellent-quality health care in a dignified and compassionate manner. As of Sept. 30, 2013, HealthCare Partners provided integrated care management for approximately 760,000 managed care patients. For more information, please visit





Carly Newlands, Optum

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