MultiPlan Inc. says the insurers, employers and other customers that rent its provider networks now have access to more doctors and hospitals.[@@]

MultiPlan, New York, a big provider network company, acquired 8 U.S. provider networks from BCE Emergis Corp., Montreal, in March 2004.

MultiPlan now has combined the acquired networks with its own.

The move will increase the number of hospitals and outpatient centers in the MultiPlan network about 20% and the number of primary care doctors in the network about 65%, the company says.