NU Online News Service, Aug 2, 2004, 1:01 p.m. EDT

Private Healthcare Systems Inc., Waltham, Mass., has completed previously announced plans to acquire American LIFECARE, New Orleans, and Statewide Independent PPO, Syracuse, New York.[@@]

Private Healthcare is a large provider network management company.

American LIFECARE manages provider networks in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee that include about 17,000 doctors and 400 hospitals.

Statewide Independent is a regional network company that has contracts with 12,000 doctors and 160 health care facilities in New York state.