Aetna ships Caring for You kits to millions of Medicare members

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HARTFORD, Conn. — Aetna , a CVS Health company (NYSE: CVS), announced it will ship boxes of specially curated, over-the-counter items to all its Medicare Advantage members across the country.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and flu season begins, these Caring for You kits contain several items to help support Medicare members with simple self-care at home. Kits include a thermometer, hand sanitizer and two Aetna-branded face masks, among other items.

"During this challenging time when many of our most vulnerable members are home, we wanted to provide them with some convenient items to help them stay healthy," said Christopher Ciano, president of Aetna Medicare. "We know that something as basic as an oral thermometer can make a big difference during telehealth visits. Sending these types of important items to our members at no cost was simply the right thing to do."

The Caring for You kits are a one-time liberalization of an Aetna Medicare Advantage member over-the-counter benefit. Kits will be sent to members who were enrolled on or before August 1, 2020. The kits began shipping last week and will continue throughout the fall.

This action builds on overall efforts by Aetna to help its Medicare members during this public health emergency. For example, Aetna is waiving Medicare Advantage member cost shares for in-network primary care office visits and all telehealth visits for any reason through December 31, 2020.

More information on steps Aetna has taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic is available at AetnaMedicare.com/coronavirus.

About Aetna

Aetna, a CVS Health business, serves an estimated 34 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 and behavioral health plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers' compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna's 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, visit www.aetna.com and explore how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world.

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Aetna and Landmark Health working together to bring in-home health services to Medicare Advantage members in New York

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Collaboration addresses the ongoing health needs of Aetna Medicare Advantage members with chronic conditions

NEW YORK CITY, NY — Aetna®, a CVS Health® company (NYSE: CVS), and Landmark Health and its affiliated medical groups (Landmark) announced today a new relationship to bring physician-led  services into the homes of Aetna Medicare Advantage members living in New York with chronic health conditions. Service areas will be focused in the New York City boroughs and Long Island and further extend to Albany, Rochester, and Buffalo.

Members who are eligible for the program will receive access to health services in their homes. Examples of the types of care they can get are acute and urgent services such as wound care, lab draws, catheter maintenance and adherence to medication therapies, as well as medication management, home safety checks, and health screenings. The personalized services also include member access to 24/7 availability from a dedicated Landmark health care provider. Ongoing nutrition, medication therapy, emotional and mental health support will help ensure members receive a comprehensive continuum of care. As part of that care, in-home providers will also share data with members’ primary care physicians.

"This new approach identifies members with multiple chronic conditions and provides stronger in-home physician support in addition to their current primary care physician relationship,” said Lauren Casalveri, Aetna vice president and chief Medicare officer in New York. “This collaboration allows members to remain safely in their homes and provides optimal treatment for their conditions.”

"Landmark saw our first patient seven years ago in upstate New York,” said Michael Le, MD, Landmark co-founder and chief medical officer. “It’s tremendous to see that, with the Aetna relationship, nearly 40,000 New Yorkers who need advanced in-home geriatric care have access to it."

The alliance reflects one of the key goals of value-based care, which is to drive better health outcomes at lower costs. Landmark has seen widespread demand for its home-based primary care services across the Medicare population. Since inception in 2014, Landmark Health has grown to 48 cities in 15 states. And it’s accountable for over 114,000 patients with chronic conditions.

"Access to care, especially for the aging population, is a critical need which has been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Casalveri. "These expanded services connect chronically ill members with enhanced solutions specific to their health needs."

About Aetna

Aetna, a CVS Health business, serves an estimated 34 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 and behavioral health plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers' compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna's 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, visit www.aetna.com and explore how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world.

Aetna Medicare is a HMO, PPO plan with a Medicare contract. Our SNPs also have contracts with State Medicaid programs. Enrollment in our plans depends on contract renewal. Plan features and availability may vary by service area. Participating physicians, hospitals and other health care providers are independent contractors and are neither agents nor employees of Aetna. The availability of any particular provider cannot be guaranteed, and provider network composition is subject to change. The provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary. Other physicians/providers are available in our network.

About Landmark Health

Landmark Health and its affiliated medical groups (Landmark) deliver comprehensive in-home medical care to older adults, 24/7 – 365 days a year. Specialized in complex chronic care, Landmark’s physician-led multidisciplinary teams work with patients’ existing healthcare networks to bring medical, behavioral and palliative care, along with social services, to individuals where they reside. Most critically, Landmark is bending the cost curve in health care by reducing avoidable ER visits and hospital admissions, while extending lives of patients. www.landmarkhealth.org

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Landmark Health
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Connecting the dots in health care: Combining CVS Health services with Aetna’s cost-saving performance network

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The “Aetna Connected Plan with CVS Health” is helping deliver simple, convenient and more affordable health care.

KANSAS CITY, MO — The Aetna Connected Plan with CVS Health, a first-of-its-kind plan offering in the Kansas City health care insurance market, is demonstrating how the company’s combined capabilities can help members access care when and where they need it — and at a more affordable price than a traditional plan.

The plan combines CVS Health services — including free 1 to 2-day prescription delivery and 20 percent discounts on thousands of health-related items — with Aetna’s cost-saving I-35 Performance Network to deliver a more convenient and connected member experience, along with up to 20 percent premium savings compared to comparable PPO products in the market. 

Targeted to employers with 101-plus employees, quoting begins in September for a plan start date in January 2021. 

“HealthHUBs provide our members with a caring, convenient and connected one-stop solution-all at no cost to the member,” said local Aetna Market President Jim Boyman. 

For example, a member or their Aetna Care Manager can book an appointment at a HealthHUB to ask questions about chronic conditions such as diabetes. A HealthHUB concierge can also connect the member to a MinuteClinic provider, who can consult with the member’s primary care physician and prescribe medication that can be picked up in the store. 

Information from the visit can then be sent to the member’s network provider and Aetna Care Manager.

“It’s all about meeting our members where they are to increase engagement, improve outcomes and reduce health care costs,” said Boyman.

Included CVS Health services include:

  • $0 copay at local HealthHub and MinuteClinic locationsNot applicable with HSA plans.

  • Free 1 to 2-day prescription delivery

  • 20% discounts on thousands of health-related items in-store and online

  • 24/7 pharmacist helpline

  • Access to the CVS managed pharmacy network, specialty pharmacy network and Coram home infusion services

The Aetna I-35 Performance Network includes: 

  • 1,247 primary care doctors

  • 8,300 specialists

  • 13 hospitals

  • 32 Urgent Care facilities

The plan will be available within Clay, Jackson and Platte Counties in Missouri; and Johnson and Wynadotte Counties in Kansas. 

“This plan is just one example of how Aetna and CVS Health are combining forces to help people live healthier lives,” said Boyman. “We’re providing a better member experience by reducing costs and simplifying their health care journey.”

About Aetna

Aetna, a CVS Health business, serves an estimated 38 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 and behavioral health plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers' compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna's 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, visit www.aetna.com and explore how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world.

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Work out with top athletes!

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Attain by Aetna lets users exercise with world-class athletes like volleyball’s multiple medal winner Rachael Adams.

U.S. Women’s National Volleyball team medal winner Rachael Adams helps Aetna Attain users exercise like a pro.
U.S. Women’s National Volleyball team medal winner Rachael Adams helps Aetna Attain users exercise like a pro.

Zoom meetings with colleagues, working out to YouTube videos in her garage — over the last few months, Rachael Adams’ days resembled many of ours. “When I wanted to sweat, I’d do a YouTube salsa workout video,” she says.

The difference is that Adams is a world-champion athlete: a member of the U.S. women's national indoor volleyball team. Before COVID-19 struck, she had been training to compete alongside her teammates on the world’s stage this summer. Then she found herself isolated at home, trying to stay in shape. 

Now that most sporting events are cancelled or postponed, just about every pandemic-weary American — elite athlete or not — can relate. With the help of wearable technology, the Attain Games were created for this moment: a series of challenges to get people moving alongside top-tier athletes. 

Any user of the Attain by Aetna app for the Apple Watch can participate in the virtual games, held Aug. 23-29. Among the activities are a daily challenge created by a world-champion U.S. athlete, including Adams; gymnast Shannon Miller; swimmer Michael Andrew; and diver David Boudia. Completed challenges earn users points that are redeemable for prizes and will determine a gold, silver or bronze status when the games end. 

"The idea came to us that you could actually do challenging events — you could actually work out with world champions in the safety of your own home while social distancing. Everyone loves a challenge,” says Adam Pellegrini, SVP Enterprise Virtual Care & Consumer Health at CVS Health.

“I want people to know that we're all in the same boat – high-level athlete (or a) person that wasn't in the weight room before quarantine happened,” Adams says. “Our mental health is so important during this time, and simple things, like moving our body, just affect our mood.” 
 

Work it out, crushed our goals. In our first year, users completed: 6 million healthy actions performed, 6.8 million daily goals conquered, 2.6 billion points earned.
In the first year since the Attain app’s release, users have completed 6 million healthy actions, conquered 6.8 million daily goals and earned 2.6 billion points.

The event reflects the broader goal of Attain app -- jump-starting healthier behaviors through small changes. Released in 2019, more than 150,000 users have logged 75 billion steps and redeemed $1.8 million in rewards in its first year.

“The fitness goals and challenges and rewards keep people engaged on a day-to-day basis, but then the second layer is people are prompted to do healthy actions,” says Pellegrini.

The real prize may come after the games conclude, adds Adams, by creating lasting healthy habits that are worth more than their weight in gold.

U.S. Women’s National Volleyball team medal winner Rachael Adams helps Aetna Attain users exercise like a pro.
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Bridges Health Partners and Aetna extend value-based collaboration to commercial employer groups

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WARRENDALE, Penn. — Bridges Health Partners LLC (Bridges), a Clinically Integrated Network, and Aetna, a CVS Health company, have entered into a value-based agreement for Aetna’s commercial employer groups in Western Pennsylvania. The agreement is designed to improve clinical outcomes, efficiency and cost of care for Aetna’s commercial employer groups cared for by Bridges providers. “Working collaboratively, Bridges and Aetna will use insights derived from clinical, claims, and administrative data to promote a healthier workforce through wellness promotion and early intervention. The relationship will optimize our ability to create evidence-based clinical pathways to provide high quality, cost effective care as well as ensure a seamless patient experience across the healthcare continuum,” said Dr. Robert Zimmerman, Chief Medical Officer for Bridges.

Formed in 2017 by affiliates of Butler Health System, Excela Health, St. Clair Hospital, and Washington Health System, Bridges partners with the systems’ independent and employed medical staff to provide an integrated regional network of care consisting of over 1,000 physicians.

“This is a natural extension of Bridges and Aetna’s relationship and builds upon our previous collaboration with Medicare Advantage beneficiaries in this region. Working together, we’ve been successful in achieving and delivering excellent clinical outcomes and value for the communities we serve,” said Dr. Zimmerman.

“Providing consumers with coordinated and personalized health care requires payers and providers to work together,” said Remy Richman, Vice President, Chief Growth Officer for the Keystone Market. “By advancing our collaboration with Bridges Health Partners through this new value-based arrangement, we are helping to improve health care outcomes and affordability for Aetna commercial members in communities throughout Western Pennsylvania.”

About Bridges Health Partners LLC

Four independent, non-profit health systems in the Pittsburgh metropolitan market and surrounding communities are the founding members of Bridges Health Partners LLC, including Butler Health System, Excela Health, St. Clair Hospital and Washington Health System. Each partner system, along with their independent and employed medical staff are committed to transforming how healthcare services are delivered by implementing an integrated, regional network of care.  Bridges Health Partners LLC network comprises eight hospital campuses with over 1,450 licensed beds, over 1,000 employed and affiliated physicians with a network of primary care and specialty group practices, ambulatory surgery centers, urgent care clinics, imaging and diagnostic centers, skilled nursing, home health and hospice care. To learn more about Bridges Health Partners LLC, visit www.bridgeshealthpartners.org.

About Aetna

Aetna, a CVS Health business, serves an estimated 38 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 and behavioral health plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers' compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna's 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, visit www.aetna.com and explore how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world.

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Aetna
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Aetna announces Attain Games Challenge with support and participation of world-renowned athletes

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Attain by Aetna members can join leading U.S. athletes to virtually participate in at-home challenges that inspire and support physical and mental well-being

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Aetna, a CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) company, has announced the launch of the Attain Games, a virtual event for users of the Attain by Aetna app. The Attain Games will spotlight a series of healthy activities created by top U.S. athletes to help members experience new and challenging ways to achieve their health goals while focusing on at-home wellness. The Attain Games start on Sunday, August 23 and end on Saturday, August 29, 2020.

Each day, users will be presented with six challenges to complete, with one "marquee" event being presented and demonstrated by a select group of top athletes. Challenge activities include physical workouts using equipment found at home, as well as breathing exercises and mindfulness challenges. At the end of the week, gold, silver and bronze status will be determined based on the number of points the user achieves.

The presenting partners for this year's Attain Games include:

  • Shannon Miller, world-champion gymnast

  • Rachael Adams, world-champion volleyball player

  • Tatyana McFadden, world-class track and field athlete

  • David Boudia, world-champion diver

  • Michael Andrew, world-champion swimmer

  • Brenda Martinez, world-class track and field athlete

  • Kyra Condie, world-class rock climber

"While I'm disappointed not being able to compete this year, it's become more important for all of us to stay healthy and find creative ways to stay at the top of our game right from the comfort of our own homes," said Tatyana McFadden, American world-champion athlete. "It's important that especially during times where our mental health is also being put to the test, that we are taking care of our bodies with nutritious foods, mindfulness activities, and plenty of exercise. The Attain Games are a great way to come together as a community for a bit of healthy competition, and I'm thrilled to help play a small part in motivating people to feel good physically and mentally."

Released in 2019, the Attain app is the first of its kind a personalized well-being experience designed by Aetna in collaboration with Apple that combines health history with Apple Watch information to empower better health. Aetna has deep clinical experience, engaging its members across their health care needs from wellness to chronic disease. Apple consistently delivers highly personalized products in a simple yet elegant fashion that prioritizes privacy and data security and helps people live their best lives. The Attain app provides Aetna members with personalized goals, tracks their daily activity levels, recommends healthy actions, and ultimately rewards them upon completion.

In just the first year of launch, our Attain by Aetna users have achieved impressive results:

  • 6 billion calories burned

  • 233 million workout minutes

  • 6.8 million daily goals conquered

  • 6 million healthy actions completed

  • $1.8 million redeemed in rewards

"We've received great feedback from Attain by Aetna users over the past year and expect the popularity of wearable fitness technology to increase due to the multitude of benefits it provides," said Jonathan Mayhew, Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer for CVS Health. "We're hoping our members will strive to achieve their personal health and wellness goals by participating in the Attain Games, all with the help of some of the most celebrated athletes representing the United States cheering them on."

User privacy and data security are at the heart of Attain. A completely voluntary program, members determine what information they want to share and can discontinue using Attain at any time. All Attain health data is encrypted on the device, in transit, and on Aetna and Apple's servers, where it will be stored in a highly secure environment using industry-leading practices fully in compliance with HIPAA. Information from this program will not be used for underwriting, premium or coverage decisions.

If you are an Aetna commercial medical member with an iPhone interested in participating, there is still time to sign up. Visit www.AttainbyAetna.com for more information or download the Attain app on the App Store by texting ATTAINAPP TO 37046 and check your eligibility today!

About CVS Health

CVS Health employees are united around a common goal of becoming the most consumer-centric health company. We're evolving based on changing consumer needs and meeting people where they are, whether that's in the community at one of our nearly 10,000 local touchpoints, in the home, or in the palm of their hand. Our newest offerings from HealthHUB locations that are redefining what a pharmacy can be, to innovative programs that help manage chronic conditions are designed to create a higher-quality, simpler and more affordable experience. Learn more about how we're transforming health at www.cvshealth.com.

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It’s ‘Time for Care’

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, nearly 60 percent of Americans have skipped a health care appointment, according to a June survey from conducted by Morning Consult and CVS Health. To ease fears and encourage Americans to prioritize preventative health, CVS Health launched Time for Care to provide guidance on how to smartly and safely seek in-person care.

To help individuals stay safe in the months ahead, Garth Graham, M.D., MPH, vice president of Community Health and Chief Community Health Officer for CVS Health, weighs in with helpful tips for resuming in-person care.

Dr. Garth Graham, M.D., MPH, Vice President of Community Health and Chief Community Health Officer, CVS Health
Dr. Garth Graham, M.D., MPH, Vice President of Community Health and Chief Community Health Officer, CVS Health

How can Americans prepare for the pandemic’s next phase?

Certain interventions have been shown to be effective on a population level and decrease personal risk: Wash your hands, stay home if you’re sick, maintain social distance and, if you’re going out, just wear a mask. Equally important are monitoring health symptoms that are concerning and having a good relationship with a primary care provider.

We also continue to have a flu vaccine that we know reduces morbidity and mortality, so certainly getting vaccinated and reducing your risk of flu is going to be important.

What precautions would you advise for children back to school?

Given the challenges around making decisions about school, having your own family plan for these different issues and challenges is important.

Familiarize yourself with CDC guidelines for individuals and understand how adherent your school is to CDC guidelines on school re-openings. Also, pay attention to what’s happening locally: This is a local pandemic and what is occurring in one county and in one state is not necessarily the same as what’s occurring in another state.

What questions can people ask their health care providers to help them evaluate whether it’s safe to resume in-person care?

Start off by asking what kinds of safety precautions are in place for your visit. The other thing is to ask about anything that concerns you. Your doctor is there for you and being able to talk about anything that relieves your anxiety is important.

Don’t let fear be an overriding factor for your decisions. Understand the facts. Many institutions have put in place really good protocols, per the Centers of Disease Control’s guidelines, to decrease the potential transmission of COVID-19. Hearing about that directly from your health care providers can help to re-instill your faith that they care about your safety just as much as you do.

Read the full Associated Press Q&A with Dr. Graham.

Helping you prepare for your in-office visit

Talk to your doctor about your concerns. Together, you can decide whether an in-person visit makes sense for you. If so, here are some of the questions you can ask:

  • What should I expect when I arrive at the office?

  • Do I need to bring my own mask?

  • Are staff and patients required to wear masks?

  • Is your staff being tested for COVID-19?

  • How often are the waiting rooms and offices cleaned?

  • Are there separate waiting areas for symptomatic and asymptomatic patients?

  • What should I do if I have had a cough or fever in recent days, recently traveled, or been in contact with someone who has tested positive?

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Creating safer pregnancies through preeclampsia prevention

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A new, first-of-its-kind initiative designed to prevent the devastating impacts of preeclampsia in pregnant members launched today as part of the Aetna Maternity Program. Building on the enterprise’s long-standing commitment to support expectant mothers on a path to better health, the initiative is focused on preventing this condition, a leading cause of maternal and infant illness and death that accounts for 15 percent of all preterm births in the U.S.https://www.preeclampsia.org/faqs

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. is one of the only high-income countries where deaths related to pregnancy or childbirth are on the rise. This crisis also disproportionately affects Black women.https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr69/nvsr69_02-508.pdfhttps://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternal-mortality/ And, in recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges, as many expectant moms may be attending fewer in-person prenatal care visits that could help detect preeclampsia risks.

“Alarmingly, women today are 50 percent more likely to die in childbirth than their mothers were, and Black women are at an even higher risk. We must do more to address this public health crisis and keep moms and babies healthy,” says Daniel Knecht, M.D., CVS Health’s vice president of clinical products. “The goal of this initiative is to help empower our members to have productive discussions with their providers throughout their pregnancy journey.” 

Empowering safer pregnancies

Amidst the COVID-19 landscape, pregnant women may be attending fewer in-person prenatal care visits and in turn be at higher risk for developing complications that go undetected.

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By leveraging Aetna claims data, the program identifies high-risk pregnant members for individualized outreach and subsequently sends them an engaging, personalized prenatal care kit. Each kit contains educational materials about preeclampsia, along with an 81 mg bottle of low-dose aspirin, an intervention that can substantially reduce the risk for developing the condition. Members also receive an appointment reminder card encouraging them to have informed conversations with their obstetrician about the potential benefits of low-dose aspirin.Note: Pregnant women should always talk to their doctor before starting an aspirin regimen.

Although preeclampsia has no cure, taking one low-dose aspirin a day has been proven to be a low-cost, safe medication that can significantly cut the risk of the condition and some of its complications.https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1704559?query=recirc_curatedRelated_article Despite compelling evidence, providers and patients are largely unaware of aspirin’s effectiveness, highlighting the important need for continued education.

“CVS Health is well-positioned to improve both access to and outcomes of maternal and neonatal health care, including for causes of severe maternal morbidity that is disproportionately experienced among minority women,” noted Joanne Armstrong, M.D., CVS Health enterprise head of women’s health and an OB/GYN. “We have delivery channels that can bring critical information and resources, such as low-dose aspirin, right to members’ doorsteps. This outreach is coupled with a care management program featuring highly trained and dedicated nurses to support the personalized needs of pregnant members.”

The initiative is an exciting and simple way that CVS Health and Aetna are empowering safer pregnancies and connecting expectant mothers with preventative care that meets their unique needs. As part of the Aetna Maternity Program’s efforts, all pregnant members will receive a letter and flyer from the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine informing them about preeclampsia and its signs and symptoms.

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Aetna Medicare waives out-of-pocket costs for telehealth services

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Aetna, a CVS Health company, will waive out-of-pocket costs for in-network primary care and specialist telehealth visits for all Individual and Group Medicare Advantage plan members through September 30, 2020.

“While seniors are encouraged to stay home to limit their exposure to COVID-19, that doesn’t mean they have to forego medical care during the pandemic,” said Christopher Ciano, President of Aetna Medicare. “It’s important our Medicare members continue getting essential preventive and primary care to keep small problems from becoming big ones. To help with this, Aetna Medicare is continuing to take steps to remove barriers to care and make care more affordable for our members.”

This action is in addition to the cost-share waivers we announced on May 13:

  • Waiving member out-of-pocket costs for all in-network primary care visits, whether done in-office or via telehealth, for any reason, for all Medicare Advantage plan members through September 30, 2020.

  • Extending all member cost-sharing waivers for in-network telehealth visits for outpatient behavioral and mental health counseling services for all Medicare Advantage plan members through September 30, 2020.

We are closely monitoring the progress of the pandemic, federal and state policies and the associated impact on our members, customers and providers. We’ll continue to adjust our policies, as appropriate, to ensure access to care.

About CVS Health

CVS Health employees are united around a common goal of becoming the most consumer-centric health company. We’re evolving based on changing consumer needs and meeting people where they are, whether that’s in the community at one of our nearly 10,000 local touchpoints, in the home, or in the palm of their hand. Our newest offerings — from HealthHUB® locations that are redefining what a pharmacy can be, to innovative programs that help manage chronic conditions — are designed to create a higher-quality, simpler and more affordable experience. Learn more about how we’re transforming health at www.cvshealth.com.

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DuPage Medical Group and Aetna team up to expand value-based Medicare Advantage coverage in Chicagoland

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CHICAGO, IL. — Aetna, a CVS Health Company (NYSE: CVS), announced today an agreement to provide members enrolled in Aetna Medicare Advantage plans access to DuPage Medical Group (DMG) providers in DuPage, Kane and Will counties in Illinois.

Under the agreement, 50,000 Aetna Medicare Advantage members now have access to more than 100 DMG locations, along with approximately 250 primary care and 500 specialty care physicians in the Chicagoland area.

“Aetna is committed to improving access to care for our members. Through our collaboration with DuPage Medical Group, one of the largest independent provider groups in the Upper Midwest, thousands of Aetna Medicare Advantage plan members now have access to vital health services from physicians who will help Medicare beneficiaries on their path to better health,” said Gregg Kimmer, Chief Medicare Officer and general manager for Aetna Great Lakes Individual Medicare Advantage plans.

As a proactive leader in providing high value compassionate care to patients, DMG offers a range of outpatient services including diagnostic imaging, colonoscopies, cardiac, orthopedic and additional surgical procedures in both office and ambulatory surgical center settings.

About Aetna

Aetna, a CVS Health business, serves an estimated 34 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 and behavioral health plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers' compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna's 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, visit www.aetna.com and explore how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world.

Aetna Medicare is a HMO, PPO plan with a Medicare contract. Our SNPs also have contracts with State Medicaid programs. Enrollment in our plans depends on contract renewal. Plan features and availability may vary by service area. Participating physicians, hospitals and other health care providers are independent contractors and are neither agents nor employees of Aetna. The availability of any particular provider cannot be guaranteed, and provider network composition is subject to change. The provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary. Other physicians/providers are available in our network.

About DuPage Medical Group

DuPage Medical Group (DMG) is the largest independent, multi-specialty physician group in Illinois with more than 750 primary care and specialty care physicians in over 100 suburban Chicago locations. For 20 years, DMG has focused on making healthcare better for its patients and communities by offering high quality, compassionate healthcare. As a physician-led organization, DMG’s physicians work together – utilizing leading-edge technology and innovative treatment options – to ensure that each patient receives accessible and efficient healthcare. For more information, visit www.dupagemedicalgroup.com.

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DillonS@aetna.com
832-344-8245

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