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Humana, PIP Collaborate on Better HealthCare for MA Members

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Humana Inc.HUM recently announced its partnership with Premier Independent Physicians (PIP) to provide a coordinated and enriched patient experience for Humana Medicare Advantage Members residing in Dallas-Fort Worth Metro. With this deal, Humana's Medicare Advantage Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) and Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan members based in Cook, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Lamar, Palo Pinto, Tarrant and Wise counties will be allowed an access to PIP's numerous physicians and facilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro.

Moreover, the partnership would make the same facilities available to the company's Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan members in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Tarrant and Wise counties.

This deal supplements Humana's commitment to offer its members a value-based and patient-centric care. Members can spend more time with health professionals and get personalized care that suits their requirements and matches healthy situations. Patients with chronic illnesses are paid immediate attention to prevent health complications. The value-based care also resorts to technology such as data analytics that helps team members coordinate in a better way.

PIP offers a model for care in north Texas and Southern Oklahoma that mainly focuses on primary care physicians plus operational, technology and practice management. This enables PIP to free primary care physicians for facilitating better patient care. The model solely concentrates on bringing like-minded hospitals together to provide an uninterrupted care, aiming for enhancing the quality of life.

Humana expects that this tie-up would help it dispense the best healthcare services to its Dallas-Fort Worth Medicare Advantage members, to improve their well-being . The company has an extensive value-based care presence. Total Medicare Advantage membership of the company is more than 3.5 million.

Recently, the company also formed an alliance with Kansas City to provide an advanced integrated care. Moreover, it has teamed up with Heritage Provider Network and Vancouver Clinic Team to enrich patient care for Medicare Advantage members. Humana's Medicare business has been delivering a strong performance from the past many quarters. Evidently, a 5.5% average growth rate for total Retail Medicare membership has been witnessed in the last four years. Also, the same rose 8.5% year over year for the first nine months of 2018.

Shares of Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company have rallied 35.8%, outperforming the industry 's increase of 25.1%.

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