Aetna and Medtronic Collaborate to Help Members Take Better Control of Type 2 Diabetes

HARTFORD, Conn. & MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Beginning this month, Aetna (NYSE: AET) and Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) will work with doctors in a new program to reach up to 300 fully insured members with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes who may improve their health using insulin pump therapy. Eligible members will receive targeted education, case management and other patient support to help control blood sugar, which also may lower their health care costs. Information gathered from the program also is expected to help doctors and other health care providers more easily identify and support those who can benefit most from this therapy.

“We want to help members with type 2 diabetes to enjoy a more flexible lifestyle and have better glucose control. Improving education and assistance for those learning to use insulin pumps may help increase consideration and successful use of a proven therapy that can help them achieve these goals,” said Ed Pezalla, M.D., Aetna’s national medical director for pharmacy policy and strategy. “We also are excited to create value-based arrangements with companies like Medtronic who are ready to share accountability for the role their products and services play in improving members’ health.” Continue reading

Aetna Better Health of Illinois and Addus Home Care Launch Personal Care Pilot

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aetna Better Health of Illinois, an Aetna Medicaid plan, and Addus Home Care, a national provider of home and community-based services (HCBS), will conduct a pilot study on the impact of providing smart phones to home care aides who assist Illinois residents served under the state’s Integrated Care Program (ICP).

ICP provides assistance such as meal preparation, bathing, housekeeping and transportation to seniors and adults with disabilities who qualify for Medicaid. The pilot study seeks to demonstrate the benefits of smart phones to help home care aides report changing health conditions of members in real time to supervisors and to the members’ primary care physicians. Addus Home Care aides are in consumers’ homes on a frequent basis, observing changes in the physical, mental and environmental conditions of their clients.

In the ICP pilot, Aetna Better Health and Addus expect to leverage home and community-based services to provide similar results with emergency and acute care services. Aetna and Addus plan to conduct an outcome study on the program in 2014.

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Aetna Combining Voluntary, Consumer Directed Health Plans

HARTFORD, Conn.–()–Aetna (NYSE: AET) announced today a new strategy to help employers and their employees reach the full value of a consumer directed health plan (CDHP). Called the CDHP Accelerator, the strategy combines CDHPs with voluntary products. The CDHP Accelerator provides greater financial protection once the member has reached certain limits on their high-deductible health plan.

In a statement, Aetna said that combining a CDHP with voluntary financial protection plans – like Hospital Indemnity, Critical Illness or Accident –provides additional financial protection if someone experiences an unexpected illness or hospital stay. They note that these plans provide cash benefits that employees can use for whatever they need, from meeting their deductible to paying everyday expenses like rent, daycare or groceries, and that by helping to boost financial confidence, voluntary benefits can increase enrollment in consumer directed health plans. – For more details see Businesswire.com.

Aetna, PinnacleHealth System Form Accountable Care Relationship

Aetna and PinnacleHealth System recently announced a new accountable care agreement that is designed to improve the quality of care and lower overall health care costs for Aetna commercial plan members in the Harrisburg, Pa., area.

According to a release issued by Aetna, the collaboration will use PinnacleHealth’s comprehensive, integrated system of physicians, hospitals and ambulatory services to give area employers better health care options for their employees by:

  • Creating a more coordinated patient experience;
  • Saving employees money when they use providers aligned with PinnacleHealth; and
  • Improving health care outcomes.

Aetna says it will introduce both fully insured and self-insured health plans in Central Pennsylvania that will use PinnacleHealth’s community-based systems of care and its network of highly respected physicians. The first product, for groups of more than 51 employees, will be available on April 1, 2014. A small-group product for groups of between two and 50 employees will be introduced July 1, 2014. – See aetna.com for more details.

 

Innovation Health to Offer Health Insurance Plans in Virginia

MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Innovation Health Insurance Company and Innovation Health Plan Inc. (“Innovation Health”), the result of a partnership between Aetna and Inova, have received approval from the Virginia Bureau of Insurance to begin offering health insurance and HMO plans to employer groups of two or more members.

Aetna and Inova announced their collaboration and the formation of Innovation Health in May 2012, joining forces in a new way to deliver and finance more affordable, quality health care for employers and residents in Northern Virginia.

“These plans offer superior health care advantages, including clinical integration and a unique payer/provider collaboration,” said Knox Singleton, CEO of Inova. “Coupled with a comprehensive network of community physicians, emphasis upon preventive care and, when required, treatment at the right facility at the right time, Northern Virginia consumers will enjoy lower costs and greater patient satisfaction.”

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Aetna and Sharp HealthCare Expand Accountable Care

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aetna announced an accountable care collaboration and the introduction of Aetna Whole HealthSM, a new commercial health care product that provides members access to highly coordinated care from physicians and facilities in the Sharp HealthCare system. The new product, effective February 1, will be available to self-insured and fully insured businesses with greater than 100 employees who reside in San Diego County.

An accountable care collaboration is a group of health care providers who assume responsibility for the quality and cost of care for a group of patients. Aetna members will receive an enhanced level of coordinated care in addition to the member benefits of their current Aetna plan.

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Health Plans React to Earthquake Crisis in Haiti.

At least three of the nation’s large health plans have reacted to the earthquake crisis in Haiti by providing resources and donations.

Aetna (NYSE: AET) announced that it has opened its employee assistance programs to all members, employees and their families who may have loved ones affected by the earthquake in Haiti.

The company is also reaching out to its customers with employees in Haiti to offer medical evacuation for those injured and other assistance.

“We are greatly saddened by this tragedy, and we extend our thoughts and deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those affected,” said Chairman and CEO Ronald A. Williams. “Our members and employees with family members in Haiti are of the utmost concern to us, and we are committed to supporting them through this difficult time.”

Additionally, The Aetna Foundation has initiated a dollar-for-dollar match for employee disaster relief donations to help the relief efforts in Haiti. Aetnas Community Relations group has activated its 47 Aetna Volunteer Councils to engage with relief agencies to respond to this disaster by collecting goods and funds and offering other assistance.

In a similar announcement, The Humana Foundation, philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), said that it is contributing $100,000 for immediate support of earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti. The Foundation will also match dollar for dollar contributions from Humana associates up to $50,000 for a total possible Humana Foundation donation of $150,000.

Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti, their loved ones and friends, said Virginia Kelly Judd, executive director of The Humana Foundation. We hope our gift along with all of the other aid coming in from countries worldwide will make a meaningful difference as the people of Haiti begin what is sure to be a long, difficult recovery from this weeks earthquake.

The CIGNA Foundation also announced that it is making an immediate donation of $50,000 to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts and aid victims of the earthquake. In addition, the CIGNA Foundation has pledged an additional $50,000 to the American Red Cross to match CIGNA employee donations to the Haitian relief efforts.

A fundamental tenet of CIGNA’s mission is to serve. The devastation in Haiti is beyond words, said David M. Cordani, president and CEO of CIGNA. I’ve always been proud that when people around the world are in need, CIGNA’s people step up to offer what they can.

In addition to the donations, CIGNA is offering disaster-related educational tools and counseling resources through its employee assistance program to ensure that its clients, customers and their families have access to needed services.

About the Aetna Foundation

The Aetna Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc. Founded in 1972, the Foundation promotes wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone, while supporting the communities Aetna serves. The Foundation’s 2010 giving will focus on addressing the rising rate of obesity in the U.S., promoting racial and ethnic equity in health care, and advancing integrated health care. Since 1980, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have contributed over $359 million in grants and sponsorships, and will give up to $18.5 million in 2009. For more information on the Aetna Foundation visit www.aetnafoundation.org.

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nations leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 36.3 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.

About The Humana Foundation

The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nations leading health-benefits companies. The Foundation is located in Louisville, Ky., the site of Humanas corporate headquarters. The Foundations mission is to support charitable activities that promote healthy lives and healthy communities. For more information, visit www.humanafoundation.org.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is one of the nations largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 10.3 million medical members and approximately 7.3 million specialty-benefit members. Humana is a full-service benefits solutions company, offering a wide array of health and supplemental benefit plans for employer groups, government programs and individuals.

Over its 49-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio.

About CIGNA Foundation

The CIGNA Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where CIGNA employees live and work.