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VITAS Innovative Hospice Care Signs Agreement with Aetna
Date:8/19/2008

MIAMI, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- VITAS Innovative Hospice Care(R) announced today a 3-year agreement with Aetna (AET) that will provide Aetna members access to quality hospice services in major metro markets in Florida, Texas and Georgia.

"Aetna long has been recognized and praised for its commitment to and advocacy for timely and appropriate end-of-life care, with programs such as Compassionate Care," noted Tim O'Toole, CEO of VITAS Innovative Hospice Care. "As a hospice pioneer and innovator, VITAS also has a noteworthy record of success in expanding access to hospice services nationwide."

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.

Members whose plan sponsors provide the Aetna Compassionate Care program as part of their benefit package will have access to the full range of hospice services through VITAS in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Central Florida, South Florida and Atlanta. 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 has provided leading edge, insightful professional education courses to Aetna's clinical staff on hospice care. We are pleased to expand our relationship with VITAS to provide our members increased access to quality end-of-life care services," says Robert Kropp, M.D., Aetna's Southeast and Southwest regional medical director.

O'Toole continued, "Working with Aetna, one of the nation's leading and most respected managed care organizations, will ensure
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