VITAS Healthcare Corporation and Hospice Pharmacia Enter into Agreement to Provide Patients with High-Quality Medication

  VITAS Healthcare Corporation and Hospice Pharmacia Enter into Agreement to
  Provide Patients with High-Quality Medication Management

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MIAMI & PHILADELPHIA -- February 21, 2013

VITAS Healthcare Corporation, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life
care, and Hospice Pharmacia, a premier provider of medication management
services for end-of-life patients that is part of Omnicare’s Specialty Care
Group, today announced they have entered into a three-year agreement to
provide services to patients under VITAS’ care, in their places of residence.
As part of the agreement, VITAS physicians and nurses will have access to
pharmacists from Hospice Pharmacia 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to
effectively manage patient symptoms and ensure that clinicians have timely
access to information about pharmaceutical best practices.

VITAS and Hospice Pharmacia have worked together for almost a decade to
achieve positive patient-specific outcomes. “This long-term agreement ensures
that our patients will continue to have access to the very best medication
management available,” said VITAS CEO Tim O’Toole. “Hospice Pharmacia’s staff
pharmacists have demonstrated extensive expertise in helping VITAS manage the
unique issues faced by patients at the end of life.”

Added John L. Workman, CEO of Omnicare: “We are very proud of our 10-year
partnership with VITAS. Over the past decade we collaboratively developed new
systems to support VITAS clinicians in the field and provided consultative
support for VITAS leadership to help ensure high quality care. We will
continue to provide clinical support and education resources to all VITAS
hospice staff so that the best decisions for patient care and comfort can be
made at the bedside.”

VITAS’ National Medical Director, Joel S. Policzer, M.D., said: “As leading
providers of care to patients facing serious illness, VITAS and Hospice
Pharmacia are skilled at expert symptom management and share the common value
of putting the needs of patients first. Appropriate management of patient
medications, focusing on optimal palliation and relief of distressing
symptoms, can reduce the burden of care on patients and their families. Our
common goal is to help patients feel better and maximize their comfort as we
care for them in this part of life’s journey.”

About VITAS Healthcare Corporation

VITAS Healthcare Corporation, a pioneer and leader in the hospice movement
since 1978, is the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care.
Headquartered in Miami, Florida, VITAS operates 51 hospice programs in 18
states and the District of Columbia. (Alabama, California, Colorado,
Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan,
Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin).
VITAS, which has evolved from its founding as a volunteer organization by a
United Methodist minister and a registered nurse, today employs 11,631
professionals who care for terminally ill patients daily, primarily in the
patients’ homes, but also in the company’s 36 inpatient hospice units as well
as in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living communities/residential
care facilities for the elderly. At the conclusion of the fourth quarter of
2012, VITAS reported an average daily census of 14,443; VITAS served more than
77,000 patients throughout all of 2012. The name, VITAS (pronounced VEE-tahs),
is derived from the Latin word for lives. It symbolizes the VITAS mission: To
preserve the quality of life for those who have a limited time to live. Visit
www.vitas.com.

Listed on the New York Stock Exchange and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio,
Chemed Corporation (NYSE:CHE) operates two wholly owned subsidiaries: VITAS
Healthcare and Roto-Rooter. For more information, visit www.vitas.com.

About Hospice Pharmacia and excelleRx Inc.

Hospice Pharmacia, a service of excelleRx, Inc, an Omnicare Specialty Care
Group company, is committed to ensuring the appropriate use of medications for
end-of-life care. With Hospice Pharmacia as its largest service offering,
excelleRx was the first pharmacy to focus on expert management of medication
for end-of-life patients. Today, the company remains committed to palliative
care pharmacy services for patients enrolled in hospice programs. As the
industry-leading national hospice pharmacy accredited by the Joint Commission
(TJC), excelleRx continues to set the standard for hospice and palliative care
medication management and pharmacy distribution services. For more
information, visit: www.hospicepharmacia.com.

About Omnicare Specialty Care Group

Omnicare Specialty Care Group (SCG) is a division of Omnicare, Inc., a Fortune
400 company and provider of comprehensive pharmaceutical services based in
Cincinnati, Ohio. Omnicare SCG is a combination of synergistic tenured
companies with a focused approach to pharmaceutical brand solutions. Together,
Omnicare SCG brings specialists in reimbursement methods, clinicians practiced
in medication therapy management for chronic disease states, and distribution
channel expertise. Solutions are tailored to drive product access by solving
challenges faced by patients and their caregivers, physicians, payers and
manufacturers. Custom programs are led by a single management team across the
organizational platforms, allowing coordination of resources and assets to
support positive outcomes for our patients. For more information, visit
www.omnicarescg.com.

Contact:

VITAS Healthcare Corporation
Kal Mistry, 305-350-5990
kal.mistry@vitas.com
www.vitas.com
or
Omnicare
Ed Loyd, 513-719-0808
ed.loyd@omnicare.com
 
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