DuPage Medical Group, Humana Announce BreakThrough Care Center Joint VentureJanuary 31, 2013
CHICAGO – Jan. 3, 2013 – DuPage Medical Group (DMG) and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) launched a new partnership today in opening BreakThrough Care Center, a comprehensive, holistic outpatient clinic serving the most vulnerable Chicagoland seniors struggling with chronic disease. BreakThrough Care Center was designed to improve medical outcomes while lowering health care costs and improving patients’ ability to manage their health conditions.
Two BreakThrough Care Center locations opened on Jan. 2, in Lombard and Naperville. Led by veteran DMG physicians Dr. Richard Krouse and Dr. Brian O’Leary, the clinics will focus on seniors suffering from complex, chronic conditions with the goal of increasing their quality of life, reducing hospitalizations and decreasing costs. Each BreakThrough Care Center will include an RN, health coaches, nutritionists, medication therapy management, physical therapists and social services resources.
“DuPage Medical Group is proud to join with Humana in creating this unique clinical care model for our patients who are in most need,” says DMG CEO Mike Kasper. “Through this endeavor, our physicians can offer patients critical services they need to better manage chronic illnesses like COPD and diabetes. BreakThrough Care Center represents DuPage Medical Group’s mission of serving our patients at every level.”
To qualify for treatment at BreakThrough Care Centers, patients must meet certain health criteria and be referred by a DMG or Edward Medical Group physician. DMG’s BreakThrough Care Centers further enhance the partnership between DMG and Edward to improve the quality of health care in the western and southwestern suburbs of Chicago delivering value through quality, access and efficiency. Patients primarily will be Humana Medicare Advantage plan members with chronic or complex conditions, though other patients might be accepted based on referrals.
“Access to affordable, quality care is often a struggle for chronically ill seniors,” said Tim O’Rourke, President of Humana’s Great Lakes Medicare region. “With BreakThrough Care Center, our goal is to improve the quality of life for those members by providing them with the specialized, coordinated care they need. Humana has a history of developing innovative health care solutions, and we’re proud to be a part of this new type of care model in DuPage County.”
Humana will open two new Humana Guidance Centers as part of each BreakThrough Care Center. The Guidance Centers will be open to the public, offering social activities, educational classes and wellness resources for seniors.
About DuPage Medical Group
With more than 370 physicians and 50 locations, DuPage Medical Group provides physician-directed health care focused on quality, efficiency and access. For more information, visit www.DuPageMedicalGroup.com.
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. By leveraging the strengths of its core businesses, Humana believes it can better explore opportunities for existing and emerging adjacencies in health care that can further enhance wellness opportunities for the millions of people across the nation with whom the company has relationships.
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- Most recent investor conference presentations
- Quarterly earnings news releases
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