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

Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:30am EST

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Transition Care Program will Provide Eligible Members with Coordinated
Home-Based Care Following Hospitalizations
HARTFORD, Conn. & SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(Business Wire)--
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 

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

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