Leading well-being enhancement company
) recently revealed that it inked a 5-year agreement with
SulAmérica, the biggest health care insurer of Brazil. The
agreement provides Healthways with access to over 1.5 million
adult enrollees with SulAmérica.
The contract between the two parties intends to enhance a
population's well being. The early emphasis of the agreement will
be the complete evaluation of the well being of a large number of
SulAmérica's enrollees. The two parties will implement, during
2013, portions of the Healthways Well-Being Improvement
SulAmérica Insurance, Pensions and Investments is the biggest
insurance company in Brazil. The company operates in four
segments, namely, Autos and Casualties, Personal Insurance,
Private Pensions and Assets Management and Health and Dental. It
has more than 6.7 million clients.
The Healthways model encourages people to make favorable
lifestyle changes that lead to enhanced well-being, reduced
healthcare costs, improved performance and economic value for
customers. The company has invested in technology platforms that
provide scalable support for large populations. It has tie-ups
with a large proportion of U.S. health plans and counts many
millions of lives in its customer base.
Due to its unique scalable business model, Healthways shares
may present a long-term investment opportunity, although it faces
many challenges in the short term.
Healthways is the leader in a strategically critical and
rapidly evolving part of the health care services market. Its
fitness program (SilverSneakers) for seniors is available at over
15,000 centers across the U.S. and caters to over nine million
The SilverSneakers Fitness Program encourages older people to
regularly exercise, thereby reducing healthcare expenses and
enhancing well being. The program promotes positive changes in
behavior by meshing social encounters with its fitness regimen.
Healthways competes with
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Currently, Healthways retains a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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Henry Schein, Inc.
) carry a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and Zacks Rank #2 (Buy),
respectively, and are expected to do well.
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