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Insurance Companies Create Health Hubs for Seniors

Insurance companies are struggling to find ways to decrease the ballooning healthcare costs related to the aging population. Two of them—Humana and Independence Blue Cross—have recently partnered with healthcare providers to open senior-focused care centers.

Humana inked an agreement with Walgreens to open two centers inside stores this fall in the Kansas City, MO, area. The insurance company will run the clinics through its Partners in Primary Care business, which has already opened four independent centers in the area last year.

Humana/Walgreens’ senior-focused centers will offer primary care and pharmacy services. In addition, it will be staffed with a Humana representative to answer insurance coverage questions, particularly those related to Medicare.

“This unique partnership supports Humana’s multi-faceted approach to healthcare in this community, and is a continuation of our senior-focused care strategy, which is centered on integrating care through clinical programs that intersect health and lifestyle,” said Humana CEO Bruce Broussard.

Meanwhile, Independence Blue Cross partnered with Dedicated Senior Medical Centers to open four new centers in the Philadelphia area. Dedicated is a subsidiary of ChenMed, a primary care provider serving low-income seniors.

“Seniors, particularly those in economically challenged areas, need convenient access to caregivers who understand their specific health issues and the social conditions they face,” said Independence Blue Cross President and CEO Daniel J. Hilferty.

The new Dedicated centers will follow ChenMed’s high-touch case approach, whereby its primary care physicians invest an average of 189 minutes face-to-face with each patient annually. As a result, their patients average 33.6% fewer emergency room visits per year than the CMS average for the 14 countries where ChenMed operates.

Currently, Dedicated operates five centers in Florida, and will open another 10 later this year in Philadelphia, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay, Fla.

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