02.05.03

2.5.2003: Meldung: Oxford Health Plans, Inc.: Center for Integrative Medicine

Oxford Health Plans and the Carol & Morton Siegler Center for Integrative Medicine Combine Conventional and Alternative Therapies
Wednesday April 30, 11:46 am ET

TRUMBULL, Conn., April 30 / Oxford Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: OHP - News) today announced that it is offering its members access to consultative services for complementary and alternative care through the Carol and Morton Siegler Center for Integrative Medicine. The Siegler Center is part of the Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center, in Livingston, N.J., an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System.

"It is important for physicians to be aware of the complementary and alternative medicine therapies that their patients are receiving or using on their own, such as acupuncture and herbal supplements," said James Dillard, M.D., medical director of Oxford"s complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) program. "Through this program, Oxford members have the flexibility and choice to integrate conventional medicine and alternative therapies safely and effectively."

Depending on their specific health concerns and treatment preferences, members can meet with medical doctors and CAM practitioners either individually or in consultation to discuss integrating both therapies into their care plans. Integrating both therapies ensures that members receive the most compatible and appropriate treatments for their specific conditions.

"All of our services and therapies are offered as an adjunct to conventional medical treatments to enhance the continuum of care and improve quality of life options. We are pleased to be working with Oxford as the Siegler Center shares its commitment to offering patients a program that fosters collaboration between our staff and their physicians," said Adam Perlman, M.D., M.P.H., medical director of the Siegler Center.

Oxford members can access the Siegler Center"s full network of acupuncturists, massage therapists, nutritionists and yoga instructors using Oxford"s CAM contracted rate program. Through the contracted rate program, members select a participating provider, schedule an appointment and pay the provider a specially negotiated rate at the time of the visit. Access may vary by state and product. For more information about Oxford"s CAM program, members can visit www.oxfordhealth.com, or call customer service at 800-444-6222.

The Carol and Morton Siegler Center for Integrative Medicine combines the technology and expertise of conventional medicine with the healing powers and wisdom of complementary therapies. The staff at the Center has been selected for their credentials, expertise and vast experience. In addition to Dr. Perlman, a board-certified physician, the staff includes a clinical herbalist, New Jersey State-licensed acupuncturists, nationally certified massage and bodywork specialists and registered dietitians.

The Siegler Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on Health Care Organizations. For information and appointments, call 973-322-7007.

Founded in 1984, Oxford Health Plans (www.oxfordhealth.com) provides health plans to employers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, through its direct sales force and through independent insurance agents and brokers. Oxford"s services include traditional health maintenance organizations, point-of-service plans, third-party administration of employer-funded benefit plans and Medicare+Choice plans. Members interested in complementary and alternative medicine can access Oxford"s network of approximately 2,200 credentialed complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, including chiropractors, acupuncturists, yoga instructors, massage therapists, nutritionists and, in Connecticut, naturopaths.

Source: Oxford Health Plans, Inc.; Carol and Morton Siegler Center for Integrative Medicine
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