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Humana and HealthSpan Physicians Offer Accountable Care in Northeast Ohio

Relationship is designed to help improve the health and well-being of Humana Medicare Advantage members in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Youngstown and Toledo


Tuesday, February 10, 2015 10:30 am EST



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"Health care is like a symphony. You can have world-class strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion, but they won’t sound good together without a conductor"

CLEVELAND & LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HealthSpan Physicians, a care network in Northeast Ohio focused on wellness and prevention, and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the country’s leading health and well-being companies, announced a new multi-year Accountable Care agreement today for key metropolitan areas across Ohio, including Cleveland, Cincinnati, Youngstown and Toledo.

Accountable care is a fast-growing model for health care service delivery and physician payment. The model focuses on creating health in addition to treating sickness, utilizes the primary care physician to coordinate patient care, offers treatment options based on proven standards of care, and better controls costs through integrated care and reimbursement based on adherence to best practice standards of care.

The new Humana/HealthSpan accountable care agreement emphasizes quality outcomes and care coordination with a focus on measures defined by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) like diabetes care and treatment, breast cancer screenings, colorectal cancer screenings and high-risk medication. The partnership will also offer more personalized care and a broad range of population management tools like predictive analytics, chronic disease management and wellness programs.

“At HealthSpan Physicians, we make lives better and make healthcare easier. Accountable care agreements are an effective way to integrate our patients’ care so they can stay healthy,” said HealthSpan Physicians President Dr. Nabil Chehade. “At HealthSpan Physicians, we strive every day to provide better care at lower cost.”

Humana Ohio Senior Products President Larry Costello says that bringing together historically fragmented healthcare system components is the key to accountable care.

“Health care is like a symphony. You can have world-class strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion, but they won’t sound good together without a conductor,” explained Costello. “Working with HealthSpan, we’ve put the health care baton back in the hands of primary care physicians and the result will be a better health care experience for our members.”

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 web site 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;
  • Replays of most recent earnings release conference calls;
  • Calendar of events (including upcoming earnings conference call dates and times, as well as planned interaction with research analysts and institutional investors);
  • Corporate Governance information.

About HealthSpan Physicians

HealthSpan Physicians are comprised of nearly 200 primary care physicians and specialists across Northeast Ohio in 11 care locations. As national leaders in integrating care to control costs and deliver better health, HealthSpan Physicians are committed to making healthcare easier and more affordable. HealthSpan Physicians partners include the Mercy Health system and physicians and HealthSpan Integrated Care. For more information, visit HealthSpan.org or follow on twitter.com/myhealthspan and facebook.com/myhealthspan.


Jeff Blunt, 513-826-7094
HealthSpan Physicians
Chuck Heald, 216-479-5079