Aetna and Univita Health Work Together to Help Reduce Hospital Readmissions for Medicare Advantage Members

  Aetna and Univita Health Work Together to Help Reduce Hospital Readmissions
  for Medicare Advantage Members

    Transition Care Program will Provide Eligible Members with Coordinated
                  Home-Based Care Following Hospitalizations

Business Wire

HARTFORD, Conn. & SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- January 29, 2013

Aetna (NYSE: AET) and Univita Health announced today that they will be
offering a transitional care program to Aetna Medicare Advantage members in
Texas. The program began in January for Medicare Advantage eligible members
who are discharged from selected hospitals in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth,
Austin and San Antonio.

The transitional care program will help Aetna Medicare Advantage members to
transition smoothly from a hospital or skilled nursing facility to their home
and prevent avoidable hospital readmissions. Similar programs administered by
Aetna and Univita use evidence-based approaches and have been shown to reduce
avoidable hospital readmissions significantly.

“Aetna is focused on offering programs and services that help lead to better
health outcomes through collaborative care coordination,” said Dr. Randall
Krakauer, Aetna’s national Medicare medical director. “We already offer our
Medicare Advantage members a number of care management programs to help
improve the quality of care and reduce health care costs. The new transitional
care program will help Medicare Advantage members who are treated in a
hospital receive coordinated home-based care as they complete their recovery.”

Upon admission to a participating hospital, one of Univita’s specially trained
nurses will reach out to the member and their caregiver. The nurse will engage
the member about their condition and discharge plan in order to determine the
type of support the individual will need when they go home. If the member is
admitted to a skilled nursing facility prior to returning home, the nurse will
also engage the member while they are in the skilled nursing facility.

Once home, the Univita nurse can help the member in a number of different
ways, such as:

  *Assessing the member’s living conditions,
  *Educating the member and caregiver on their discharge plan,
  *Describing how to take their medications properly, and
  *Explaining the signs and symptoms that may necessitate a call to the
    doctor, as well as the importance of having follow-up physician visits.

The Univita nurse will also coordinate with an Aetna nurse case manager, who
will be assigned to each member.

“The coordinated home-based care offered in Univita’s Bridges transitional
care program has proven to be a valuable element in ensuring a patient’s full
recovery,” remarked Dr. John Mach, president of Univita’s complex case
management division. “We greatly look forward to extending our services to
Aetna Medicare Advantage plan members, and working with Aetna as it seeks to
improve health outcomes and reduce avoidable hospital readmissions.”

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits
companies, serving approximately 37.3 million people with information and
resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care.
Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed
health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy,
dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical
management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services and health
information technology services. Our customers include employer groups,
individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans,
health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor
groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.

About Univita Health

Univita is an innovator in providing home-based care management, extending the
reach of care management into the home.Our comprehensive approach addresses
and manages the complete array of a patient’s care needs, encompassing both
clinical and non-clinical drivers of health outcomes.Univita supports the
care management efforts of health plans, insurers, health systems and
physicians with a focus on the highest risk, most complex populations. To
learn more, visit http://www.univitahealth.com.

Contact:

Aetna
Media Contact:
Anjie Coplin, 214-200-8056
CoplinA@aetna.com
or
For Univita Health:
Univita Health
Sarah McLeod, 480-922-8959
smcleod@univitahealth.com
or
Media Contacts:
Tiberend Strategic Advisors, Inc.
Jason Rando / Claire Sojda
212-827-0020
jrando@tiberend.com
csojda@tiberend.com
 
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