CVS-Aetna Merger Aims to Transform Community-Based Care

Pharmacy chain giant CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) has agreed to acquire Aetna (NYSE: AET), the nation’s third-largest insurance provider in a transaction valued at $69 billion. The combined company could bolster home- and community-based (HCB) care by executing on its vision of easier access to more comprehensive health services at retail locations. The merger of the […]

Insurer Cuts 8 Home Health Providers

Insurance company Highmark has shed eight Pennsylvania home health agencies from its commercial and Medicare Advantage networks for 2016, a move that reflects insurers’ push to partner with the best performing agencies. The agencies cut from Highmark’s network include Renaissance Home Care, Inc. in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Visiting Nurse Association of Erie County; Titusville Area […]

Addus, Aetna Team Up to Study Smart Phone Benefits for Home Care Aides

Addus Home Care has teamed up with Aetna Better Health of Illinois, an Aetna Medicaid plan, to conduct a pilot study on the impact of providing smart phones to home care aides serving Illinois residents participating in the state’s Integrated Care Program. The care program provides assistance with meal preparation, bathing, housekeeping, and transportation, among […]

Aetna, Univita Partnering to Help Reduce Preventable Rehospitalizations

Aetna (NYSE:AET) and Univita Health are working together to offer a transitional care program to Aetna Medicare Advantage members in Texas in a bid to reduce hospital readmissions. The Texas partnership began in January and allows eligible Medicare Advantage members who are discharged from certain participating hospitals in Houston, Dallas, Forth Worth, Austin, and San […]