MVP, Vermont Managed Care collaborate on ‘Vermont First’

first_imgMVP Health Care,MVP Health Care and Vermont Managed Care have entered into an innovative partnership to provide Vermont residents with “Vermont First,” a unique approach to deliver high quality care through a Vermont focused network of providers.Under the partnership, Vermont Managed Care (VMC) and its network of high-quality health care providers have more control, share more data and partner with a prominent regional insurer, MVP Health Care.”Vermont First represents the future of health care through an innovative partnership that aligns the interests of MVP Health Care with providers for the benefit of Vermont’s consumers,” said David Henderson, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of MVP Health Care. “Only through such ‘win-win’ relationships will we rise to the challenge of true health care reform that lowers cost and enhances quality.””By combining MVP’s emphasis on wellness and our focus on high quality care, we have put together a program which will offer our patients the best of all worlds,” said Todd Moore, president, Vermont Managed Care. “Most importantly, our patients will get great care at great prices in Vermont.”Bill Little, MVP’s Vermont Vice President, added that his company worked closely with Vermont Managed Care to develop the range of choices, which include four distinct plans that include an HMO-style plan, two high deductible options and a hybrid choice.”To offer Vermont residents and employers competitive pricing, we developed a partnership that includes robust care coordination by VMC with an eye toward leveraging local health care resources which in turn helps control costs,” Little said.Moore, of Vermont Managed Care, added: “The most important attributes of Vermont First are simply that members will get access to care supported by a network of providers willing to be more accountable and coordinated in service to plan members throughout the state at a competitive price. It’s really the best of all worlds.”About MVP Health CareFounded in 1983, MVP Health Care is a community-focused, not-for-profit health insurer serving members in the states of New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. Through its operating subsidiaries, MVP Health Care provides fully insured and self-funded employer health benefits plans, dental insurance, and ancillary products, such as flexible-spending accounts, to more than 700,000 subscribers. For more information, visit: www.mvphealthcare.com(link is external).About Vermont Managed CareVermont Managed Care (VMC) was founded in 1991 as a Physician Hospital Organization. A wholly owned subsidiary of Fletcher Allen, it currently coordinates the delivery of health care services for a population served by a network of more than over 2,700 primary and specialty care providers and 10 hospitals in Vermont and New Hampshire. The VMC Network conducts its own care management, enabling the physician-run network to make day-to-day health care decisions for its patients, rather than a distant third party claims manager. BURLINGTON, VT–(Marketwire – November 22, 2011) –last_img read more

The EBRD has invested 70m euros in D-Marin marinas operating in Croatia, Greece and Turkey

first_imgAs part of the largest investment in the tourism sector in its history, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has signed an agreement to purchase approximately 25 percent of the shares, becoming a shareholder in D Marinas BV, a holding company currently operating a network of 10 marinas in Croatia. Greece and Turkey, which operate under the D-Marin brand. The EBRD’s 70m-euro investment will finance the company’s development plans, including marina management development, future acquisitions and deleveraging.D Marinas BV is the largest and only international chain of marinas in the eastern Mediterranean, and in Croatia they are present in Šibenik, which manages more than 8000 berths. The owner of the company is Doğuş Holding AS, one of the leading business groups in Turkey and a long-term partner of the EBRD, while the expansion of the business will enable the development of tourism at the local level, further growth and job creation, the Dogus Group reports.”With this investment, the EBRD confirms its long-term commitment to supporting the development of the Croatian economy. Tourism is one of the most powerful generators of growth in these countries, so we expect this investment to open up new opportunities for local entrepreneurs and create new jobs. The beginning of the tourist season is the right time to sign an agreement on such an important investment, by which the EBRD provides much-needed capital to continue development.” said Jurgen Rigterink, EBRD Vice President.The project also includes the use of technical resources from the EBRD’s Special Shareholders’ Fund, which are intended to finance educational programs aimed at opening new opportunities for part-time education, especially for young people and women. The investment was realized within the new EBRD Inclusive Tourism Program for the Eastern Mediterranean, which aims to support the growth and development of tourism at the local level through investments in hotels and tourism companies.The EBRD signed its first project in Croatia in 1994 and has since invested more than 3,6 billion euros in 198 projects. The bank’s activities cover all areas of the economy, but are particularly strong in the areas of infrastructure, entrepreneurship, financial institutions and energy. The EBRD is also involved in dialogue on economic policy measures, capital market development and regulatory reform.D-Marin operates 10 marinas in Croatia, Greece and Turkey, making it one of the largest international chains in the Eastern Mediterranean. D-Marin employs a total of 502 employees, of which 155 in Croatia. “The cooperation between the company D-Marin and the EBRD started in 2013 on the project for the development of the marina D-Marin Dalmacija and since then it has successfully continued to the mutual satisfaction. We have also collaborated on projects related to socially responsible business in the form of education of Croatian students who see their future career in this segment. Meanwhile, D-Marin has become a strong brand in nautical tourism and one of the leading marine management companies in the world. Today’s signing is therefore extremely important for D-Marin, and therefore for Croatia. I thank the EBRD for its trust. ”  said Burak Baykan, CEO of D-Marin.Photo: Ferit F. Şahenk and Jürgen RigterinkFerit F. henahenk, CEO of Doğuş Group, said that this partnership especially confirms the efforts and successes of Turkey in its intention to become a world-famous brand, and added: “We are proud that the long-term strategy of the Doğuş Group to invest in tourism, especially in marinas, has been recognized by such an important institution as the EBRD. The success of D-Marin, especially in the eastern Mediterranean, where the tourist potential is constantly growing, is confirmed by this agreement and according to our strategy we continue to further expand our business in this region. I hope that we will continue to seek new valuable investments together with the EBRD in Turkey and in the Mediterranean area. This agreement is also a proof of the great progress that the Turkish business community has made in recent years around the world. I believe that our partnership will be a positive contribution to the EBRD, Doğuş Group and all countries in which we are active in business. ” concluded Sahenk.last_img read more

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony at NBA free-agency standstill

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Meanwhile, Anthony may want to see if he can join forces with James either in Miami or the Lakers, or entice Pau Gasol to take a reduced salary in New York to work again with Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher.No one knows for sure since both James’ and Anthony’s management teams have stayed tight lipped, leaving everyone else wondering which directions the dominoes will fall. After fielding interest from the Lakers, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Chicago, Dallas and New York, Gasol would like to decide his future soon. Yet, Gasol has not ruled out any options, according to a league source familiar with his thinking. There is a sense that Gasol’s future directly correlates with Anthony’s decision. If Anthony shows trust in the Lakers’ rebuilding plan despite nursing uncertainty surrounding the health of Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash and who their next head coach will become, Gasol will likely stay put with the Lakers. A tandem featuring Bryant, Anthony, Gasol and rookie forward Julius Randle should at least put the Lakers back into playoff contention, a vast improvement from finishing last season with the word record in L.A. franchise history.If Anthony chooses elsewhere, both the Lakers and Gasol will likely become less interested in staying together. Gasol’s preference has remained joining a championship-contending team. The Lakers would likely shift focus toward signing players to one-year deals and maximizing cap space for Kevin Love in 2015 and Kevin Durant in 2016. The NBA world has collectively held its breath. Now it appears everyone involved needs some oxygen. Early this week, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony were expected to come out of their figurative cocoons and announce to the world which NBA team they will play for next season. Instead, both are still deliberating.James is reportedly scheduled to meet with Heat president Pat Riley on Wednesday in Las Vegas, where it remains to be seen whether Riley will challenge James whether he “has the guts” to stay the same way he did in a season-ending press conference. Anthony has not narrowed his choices between the New York Knicks, Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets.This may seem as nauseating as when James hosted a televised special three years ago announcing he would leave Cleveland and “take his talents to South Beach.” Yet, plausible reasons exist for James and Anthony validating the theory that watched pots never boil. After relaxing on a family vacation, James may want to see how Miami will upgrade its roster beyond acquiring key reserves in Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger or if a reunion with Cleveland may provide something more than mending fences. Or perhaps James will entertain meetings with teams that met with his agent, Rich Paul, last week, including the Lakers. center_img Miami has more pressing concerns on keeping James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who reportedly received a four-year max contract offer from the Houston Rockets. But the Heat have also expressed interest in acquiring Lakers forward Jordan Hill, according to a league source familiar with the discussions.Hill has sparked interest from other teams, including the Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets. But Hill’s free-agency interest has not gone beyond what one source called “dialogue” and no meetings with teams are currently scheduled.Despite posting a career-high 9.7 points and 7.8 rebounds in the 2013-14 season, Hill grew frustrated last season with the Lakers under Mike D’Antoni’s system that featured him in a fluctuating role partly because of his preference for a so-called “small-ball” system. Hill became more amenable toward returning to the Lakers. But his future seems uncertain considering the Lakers drafted Randle, a bruising post player who could take away Hill’s minutes. Hill’s preference for a three- or four-year deal also contradicts the Lakers’ preferences for small-term contracts to maximize spending power for future offseasons.Yet, the Lakers will handle those issues later. Like everyone else, they eagerly await the next step James and Anthony take, each movement possibly marking a shift in the NBA landscape. last_img read more