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Humana to Add EliteHealth’s New Primary Care Practices Designed Exclusively for Medicare Beneficiaries to South Florida Medicare Advantage Plan Networks

Medicare beneficiaries will have more choices when seeking care designed for their needs

Friday, October 28, 2016 1:00 pm EDT



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"Humana has been serving the diverse Medicare population in South Florida for more than 25 years. Our strong partnerships in the market allow us to meet the health care needs of our members, which is why we are excited to team up with EliteHealth"

DAVIE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--To offer patient-centered care for Medicare beneficiaries, EliteHealth and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) have teamed up to add two primary care practices to Humana’s Medicare Advantage Plan networks in South Florida.

Humana is adding these new primary care practice locations to its network in an effort to improve access to care and quality of care while increasing patients’ ability to manage their own care to improve their health and well-being. The new practices operated by EliteHealth accept certain Medicare Advantage plans administered by Humana and do not accept Medicare Advantage plans administered by other carriers.

Humana’s value-based relationships with providers, like EliteHealth, are aimed at transforming health care by offering proactive, personalized care for Medicare beneficiaries. Humana and EliteHealth strive to meet monthly to review member cases and issues. This helps ensure that members aren’t simply treated for what ails them, but are also provided with a more comprehensive team working on a plan to keep them on the path to their best health.

The new primary care practice operated by EliteHealth is located at 5480 Griffin Road, Davie, Florida. The practice will start seeing patients as early as Oct. 17, 2016. A second location in Sarasota, Florida, will open in early 2017.

"EliteHealth is bringing medicine and the latest innovations, such as artificial intelligence, together to improve lives and keep patients living better longer,” said Dr. Steven Schnur, EliteHealth Chief Executive Officer.

The EliteHealth primary care practices offer more services to patients than a traditional doctor’s office, including:

  • A care team that includes multi-specialty doctors, health and wellness coaches, nutritionists, dietitians and others.
  • A health coach assigned to each member to help guide them through the complex health care system.
  • A care team that spends as much quality, face-to-face time with members as needed to discuss all of the issues that can affect their health.
  • The convenience of being able to walk into one of these centers without a scheduled appointment and often be seen the same day.

By engaging its patients and making them an integral part of their own care, EliteHealth is able to focus on the prevention and treatment of chronic conditions. Its 360-degree approach helps EliteHealth manage outcomes and the overall patient experience. To help prevent unnecessary emergency room visits and hospital readmissions, EliteHealth provides its patients various resources; at-home doctor visits and a nurse command center, with a network of paramedics, are available for urgent care issues.

Other benefits that members may experience at EliteHealth include:

  • A waiting room designed to feel as comfortable as a living room.
  • Staff familiarity with the member’s Medicare Advantage insurance, since the practice only accepts Medicare Advantage plans administered by Humana, which simplifies billing issues/questions.
  • An activity center where patients can participate in activities and events.

This is the first time EliteHealth and Humana have teamed up in South Florida.

“Humana has been serving the diverse Medicare population in South Florida for more than 25 years. Our strong partnerships in the market allow us to meet the health care needs of our members, which is why we are excited to team up with EliteHealth,” said Dr. Fernando Valverde, South Florida Medicare President for Humana. “By partnering together, our members will find a health care team that works with them to help them get and stay healthy.”

In 2014, on average, Humana Medicare Advantage members served by physicians under value-based care arrangements experienced fewer ER visits and hospital admissions; higher screening rates, including those for colorectal cancer (+7 percent) and breast cancer (+6 percent); and healthier outcomes compared to members who were treated by physicians with standard Medicare Advantage reimbursement arrangements.

As of June 30, 2016, Humana has 1.7 million individual Medicare Advantage members and 200,000 commercial members who are cared for by 48,200 primary care providers, in more than 900 value-based relationships across 43 states and Puerto Rico.

As of June 30, 2016, approximately 61 percent of Humana individual Medicare Advantage members are seeing providers who are in value-based payment relationships with Humana. For more information, visit humana.com/accountable-care or humana.com/valuebasedcare.

About EliteHealth

EliteHealth is a Miami-based multi-specialty medical organization. With CEO Steven Schnur, MD and COO Perry Krichmar MD, at the helm, the company has positioned itself as a leading medical provider. Its main focus has always been in the prevention of chronic and acute diseases that not only have a huge impact on its patients’ lives but also on the healthcare system. To make this possible, the company makes it easy for its patients to access not just highly experienced and trained Physicians, but also dietitians, nutritionists, weight loss services and a full-service activity service equipped with activities to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

For more information about EliteHealth and its services, locations and expansion plans, visit the company’s website at www.elitehealth.com.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health and well-being company focused on making it easy for people to achieve their best health with clinical excellence through coordinated care. The company’s strategy integrates care delivery, the member experience, and clinical and consumer insights to encourage engagement, behavior change, proactive clinical outreach and wellness for the millions of people we serve across the country.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s website at www.humana.com, including copies of:

  • Annual reports to stockholders
  • Securities and Exchange Commission filings
  • Most recent investor conference presentations
  • Quarterly earnings news releases
  • Calendar of events
  • Corporate Governance information

Additional Information:

Humana is a Medicare Advantage HMO and PPO organization with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in any Humana plan depends on contract renewal. Other Physicians/Providers are available in our network.

Humana Inc. and its subsidiaries (“Humana”) do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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