May 24, 2018

Around the nation: Anthem plans to acquire Aspire Health, expanding its reach into palliative care

Daily Briefing

    The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Indiana, Kansas, and Tennessee.

    • California: UC Davis Children's Hospital has launched a new pilot program under which the hospital will cover the cost of a Lyft to help expectant parents attend important medical appointments. To qualify, patients must have a transportation need and express that need to their physician, who in turn can contact UC Davis to set up the Lyft (Caiola, Capital Public Radio, 5/21).

    • Indiana/Tennessee: Anthem on Wednesday announced it plans to acquire Aspire Health, the biggest non-hospice, "community-based palliative care" provider in the country. The deal's financial terms were not disclosed. According to Forbes, the move signals that the insurer, like its competitors, plans to venture deeper into providing medical care (Japsen, Forbes, 5/23; Anthem release, 5/23).

    • Kansas: Gov. Jeff Colyer (R)—who is a plastic surgeon—will volunteer at the free Mayflower Clinic in Wichita on June 2 and treat at least six patients. The clinic is staffed by volunteer physicians and nurses and treated more than 600 patients last year (AP/Sacramento Bee, 5/22).

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