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CIGNA HealthCare and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care Enter Into a National Agreement
Date:6/23/2008

MIAMI, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- VITAS Innovative Hospice Care(R) and CIGNA HealthCare have signed a national agreement to ensure access to quality hospice services for CIGNA's 5.1 million members who reside in major metro markets in the 16 states served by VITAS.

"As a hospice pioneer and innovator, VITAS has always been a leader in expanding access to hospice services nationwide," noted Tim O'Toole, CEO of VITAS Innovative Hospice Care. "Partnering with CIGNA, one of America's leading and most respected health service organizations, will ensure that VITAS can continue to meet the ever-increasing demand for quality, compassionate, responsive end-of-life care from those who seek to maximize quality of life when they have a limited time left to live."

"How we care for people as they approach the end of their life is every bit as important as how we care for them throughout their lifetime," said David Ferriss, M.D., national medical officer for CIGNA HealthCare. "That's why it's so important to find a hospice partner like VITAS that can provide dignified and compassionate end-of-life care to people covered by a CIGNA health plan."

VITAS provides quality, compassionate end-of-life care for adult and pediatric patients with a wide range of life-limiting illnesses, including but not limited to cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and AIDS.

CIGNA members will receive the full range of hospice services through VITAS. The coverage includes all prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, medical equipment and supplies required to treat the patient's life-limiting illness. All four levels of hospice care -- routine home care, Intensive Comfort Care(SM) (called Continuous Care by Medicare), General Inpatient Care and Respite Care -- are covered. VITAS also provides a full range of bereavement support, including grief and loss programs, support groups
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