Health Management Associates and Florida Blue Announce Formation of Accountable Care Arrangement

Partnership to be a platform for new care delivery and payment arrangements modeled on health reform

NAPLES, FL & JACKSONVILLE, FL.--(Business Wire)--May 1, 2013--Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE: HMA) and Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, announced today the formation of an accountable care model to serve patients in Brevard County, Fla.

Health Management’s physicians, as well as its two hospitals in Brevard County (Wuesthoff Medical Center – Melbourne and Wuesthoff Medical Center – Rockledge) will be the provider cornerstones of this new partnership.

“This partnership with Florida Blue is designed to ensure that employers and individuals receive value through improved health and lower costs,” said Alan Levine, Senior Vice President of Health Management and President of its Florida Group of 23 hospitals. “According to the state of Florida, Wuesthoff Hospitals are the lowest cost hospitals in Brevard County. In our partnership with Florida Blue, we now seek to translate those lower costs to savings for employers and better value for consumers of health care. We are proud of the highly skilled doctors, hospitals and professionals in our network, and we welcome others who are committed to high quality, affordability and to partnerships for the improvement of health.”

“Health Management’s operational expertise and its experience as a good partner with other Florida organizations makes this collaboration an ideal relationship for Florida Blue members,” said Pat Geraghty, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Florida Blue. “Accountable care models like this reduce the fragmentation of care and provide incentives to increase care coordination, to improve patient outcomes, and to lower cost.”

The new relationship is a platform for expanded cooperation between Florida Blue and Health Management, including the potential to build a clinically integrated network among participating providers and expand insurance products offered in Brevard County, such as Medicare Advantage and self-funded and “narrow network” commercial insurance plans.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc.

Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, is a leader in Florida’s health care industry. Our mission is to help people and communities achieve better health. Florida Blue has approximately 4 million health care members and serves 15.5 million people in 16 states through its affiliated companies. Florida Blue is a not-for- profit, policyholder-owned, tax-paying mutual company. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., it is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.floridablue.com.

About Health Management Associates, Inc.

Health Management enables America’s best local health care by providing the people, processes, capital and expertise necessary for its hospital and physician partners to fulfill their local missions of delivering superior health care services. Health Management, through its subsidiaries, operates 71 hospitals with approximately 11,100 licensed beds in non-urban communities located throughout the United States.

About Wuesthoff Health System

Wuesthoff Health System includes Wuesthoff Medical Center-Rockledge and Wuesthoff Medical Center-Melbourne, both full acute care hospitals and Wuesthoff Health Services, a network of affiliates providing hospice, home-care, home medical equipment, skilled nursing care and assisted living services. For more information on Wuesthoff Health System, visit www.Wuesthoff.com.

All references to “Health Management,” “HMA” or the “Company” used in this release refer to Health Management Associates, Inc. and its affiliates.

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Because they are forward-looking, such statements should be evaluated in light of important risk factors and uncertainties. These risk factors and uncertainties are more fully described in Health Management Associates, Inc.’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, including under the heading entitled “Risk Factors.” Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of Health Management Associates, Inc.’s underlying beliefs or assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could vary materially from those currently anticipated. In addition, undue reliance should not be placed on Health Management Associates, Inc.’s forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, Health Management Associates, Inc. disclaims any obligation to update its risk factors or to publicly announce updates to the forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect new information, future events or other developments.

Source: Health Management Associates, Inc. and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc.