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First Choice Health Acquires Health InfoNet of Billings


First Choice Health has acquired Billings-based Health InfoNet and its network of health providers and members in Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota and Colorado. The announcement today from First Choice Health President / CEO Ken Hamm represents an expansion of the Seattle-based PPO (preferred provider organization) network throughout the northwestern region of the U.S.  Terms of the acquisition were not announced.

“First Choice Health and Health InfoNet have enjoyed a long-standing and trust-based business partnership for many years,” Hamm says. “We will better serve health plan sponsors, TPA’s and members by providing one point of access to our network in the northwest and northern Rocky Mountain states.”

Health InfoNet’s CEO, Rob Hunter, will continue to lead Health InfoNet. Hunter said, “We have worked closely with First Choice Health for years and are excited by the additional capabilities that First Choice Health brings to us. We anticipate better serving our customers and providers as a result of these additional capabilities”.

Founded in 1996, Health InfoNet (HIN) is a Montana-based provider network serving health plan sponsors and members in the northern Rocky Mountain states. The company’s main office in Billings and a satellite office in East Helena operate a credentialed network in excess of ten thousand providers, including more than one hundred hospitals, serving approximately one hundred thousand plan members.

First Choice Health (FCH) is a Seattle-based, physician and hospital owned healthcare company.  It has provided network, administrative and clinical services to the Northwest since 1985 and now serves well over one million people with an array of products and services in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana.

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