Cigna-HealthSpring says it has been chosen by Texas health care officials to market its insurance plans to eligible Medicare enrollees in 34 rural counties in northeast Texas. HealthSpring is one of two companies to get a shot at enrolling about 42,000 people starting next September.
Cigna has bought a chronic care management company focused on in-home services that has been a partner to the insurer's locally based HealthSpring division since 2009. Terms of the deal for Chicago-based Alegis Care aren't being made public yet, although Alegis' former private-equity owner is happy. Cigna-HealthSpring President Herb Fritch plans to take Alegis's services — which now reach nearly 31,000 people in 10 states — across Cigna-HealthSpring's broader base of Medicare Advantage customers.
HealthSpring announced today its has opened a patient-centered LivingWell Center in Lebanon.
The new center, which initially will serve almost 2,400 local members, is exclusive to HealthSpring members and will serve as a complementary extension of the members’s primary care physicians to focus on preventive care and patient education.
“Our vision in establishing the LivingWell Center is to deliver a completely personalized health care experience tailored to each one of our members,” Greg Allen, president of Nashville-based HealthSpring of Tennessee, said in a release.
Cigna, the parent of local Medicare Advantage specialist HealthSpring, has completed the acquisition of several plans with members in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas from Arcadian Health and Humana, which are joining forces and were told by regulators to shed some operations. One thing has changed since the parties announced their deal last summer: The Fort Smith market straddling the Arkansas/Oklahoma market has also changed hands, adding 17 counties to the 18 in the original agreement. In all, about 4,500 people are being added to HealthSpring's rolls.
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Medicare Advantage specialist HealthSpring has been picked by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to manage a program that will treat dual-eligible seniors in six Chicago-area counties. HealthSpring's contract under the Illinois Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative is for three years and will coordinate care between physicians, pharmacists and behavioral and long-term care providers.