DaVita HealthCare Partners’ VillageHealth and Humana Team Up To Create Humana Kidney Care

LAS VEGAS — Jan. 27, 2014 — VillageHealth, the integrated kidney care division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA), and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) announced today that they are joining forces to create a special needs plan (SNP) for Medicare beneficiaries with end stage renal disease (ESRD). The program, called Humana Kidney Care, will specifically target ESRD patients in Las Vegas.

The Vegas ESRD SNP is a partnership between VillageHealth, Healthcare Partners Nevada (HCPNV) and Humana in close collaboration with the DaVita Kidney Care dialysis centers in the area. HCPNV’s network of physicians and other providers will be used as the provider network for the Special Needs Plan.

“We have proven that patient outcomes can be impacted through a total care approach,” said Todd Ezrine, President of DaVita VillageHealth. “This special needs plan with Humana gives us the opportunity to do exactly that – help make our patients’ lives better.”

"By delivering special needs plans to Humana’s chronically ill patients, we can tailor the critical aspects of their care to help meet their individual needs," said Rick Beavin, Desert Region President for Humana’s Senior Products. "Coordinated care plans like VillageHealth have proven to lead to better patient outcomes and improved health-related quality of life, which is why Humana is excited to offer these plans to our Nevada Medicare Advantage members."

HealthCare Partners Nevada practices the Total Care Model, which means primary care providers are supported by an entire network of nurses, specialists, care managers, diagnostic team members and others, all working in sync to help patients stay healthy. "Total Care" is a patient-centered, comprehensive model designed to help carefully manage patients' health. 

The interdisciplinary care team will coordinate the patient’s total care and help the patient navigate the various care settings such as hospitals and physician offices. Plan members receive their entire Medicare professional and hospital services as well as their prescription drug benefit through Humana Kidney Care.

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.

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About DaVita HealthCare Partners

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is the parent company of DaVita Kidney Care and HealthCare Partners. DaVita Kidney Care is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. As of Sept. 30, 2014, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,152 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 170,000 patients. The company also operated 87 outpatient dialysis centers located in 10 countries outside the United States. HealthCare Partners manages and operates medical groups and affiliated physician networks in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Florida in its pursuit to deliver excellent-quality health care in a dignified and compassionate manner. As of Sept. 30, 2014, HealthCare Partners provided integrated care management for approximately 836,000 patients. For more information, please visitDaVitaHealthCarePartners.com.

DaVita, HealthCare Partners, and DaVita HealthCare Partners are trademarks or registered trademarks of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.

Marina Renneke, APR
Humana Corporate Communications 

Kate Wilson Stabrawa
DaVita HealthCare Partners