CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Ted Cheatham, executive director of the State Employees Public Insurance Agency, says the Charleston Area Medical Center`s decision to terminate its contract with The Health Plan will not have a major impact on the state`s health insurance program. “Why can`t these people create a better mousetrap?” he asked. “It`s not Pittsburgh with two competing markets.” We looked at caTM data with The Health Plan and I think in the last 12 months, less than a thousand people have been admitted to CAMC Hospital,” Cheatham told MetroNews. “The people who have access to camC are one thing, the people who had to use it are another.” The health plan currently employs about 500 people. They contract with other suppliers like Roanoke, the Virginia hospital. The people of West Virginia, covered by Pennington`s company, were sent there. “Speaking to the CEO of CAMC, he said, `We love the health plan, and you`re doing a good job. You will end up being owned by WVU Medicine. We see them as competitors and the aggressor of the north who moves on our territory. That`s why we`re going to terminate your contract,” Pennington said. CAMC has a long-standing relationship with WVU Medical School and we remain obligated to teach and train their medical students during the 3rd and 4th grades. We will continue to work together on clinical trials and research, and wherever cooperation is useful,” the press release states. But we will continue to do what we think is best for our patients, our doctors and all the central and southern WVs.
And we will move forward in a way that not only provides quality tertiary services, but will ensure that the same quality services recognized at the national level as CAMC will continue to be present in our communities. Pennington wants to resign by the end of the year. In July, The Health Plan executives received a letter from Jeff Sandene, EXECUTIVE Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CAMC, informing them that the hospital system intended to terminate its hospital service contract with the provider as of December.