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[February 03, 2014]

DaVita HealthCare Partners and SCAN Health Plan Announce Expansion of VillageHealth C-SNP Into Los Angeles and Orange Counties

LONG BEACH, Calif. --(Business Wire)--

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and SCAN Health Plan have expanded their chronic condition special needs plan (C-SNP) for individuals with end stage renal disease (ESRD) into Los Angeles and Orange (News - Alert) Counties beginning Jan. 1, 2014. The HMO plan, called VillageHealth®, has already begun enrolling members.

"We are excited to expand this plan that combines DaVita's kidney care expertise and HealthCare Partners® extraordinary care management infrastructure to create a comprehensive product for patients with kidney failure," said Todd Ezrine, DaVita VillageHealth general manager. "This plan has proven to be very appealing to ESRD patients."

VillageHealth is focused on clinical quality and patient satisfaction and is designed specifically to address the unique needs of kidney care patients. This plan is available to ESRD, kidney transplant and post-transplant patients who are Medicare eligible. SCAN and DaVita® have been offering the VillageHealth C- SNP as a Point-of-Service plan in Riverside and San Bernardino counties since 2006.

"Chronically ill patients have special needs, and dialysis in particular can be a difficult process for both patients and their families," said Romilla Batra, M.D., SCAN corporate medical director. "Coordinated care plans like VillageHealth can lead to better patient outcomes and overall improved quality of life."

VillageHealth members receive all care management and dialysis services from DaVita HealthCare Partners' team of specially trained professionals, including nephrologists, nurse practitioners, care managers and pharmacists.

"Our patient members choosing this plan receive a strong wellness program, complex care coordination as well as new benefits including services like comprehensive dental coverage, vision coverage and unlimited support with regard to their nonemergency transportation needs," said Jeff Flick, vice president of national government prgrams for DaVita HealthCare PartnersSM.


The interdisciplinary care team will coordinate the patient's total care and help the patient navigate the various care settings such as dialysis centers, hospitals and specialist offices. Plan members receive their entire Medicare professional and hospital services as well as their prescription drug benefit through VillageHealth.

In 2013 VillageHealth received the highest patient satisfaction rating of any C-SNP in California. The plan received a 92 percent satisfaction rating in Medicare's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) 2013 survey.* CAHPS surveys have been conducted annually by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services since 1995. The survey results are available to the general public to help individuals make more informed choices among health plans.

*Source (News - Alert): 2014 Medicare & You, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Southern California edition, page 149e, September 2013

About SCAN

For 35 years SCAN Health Plan has been focusing exclusively on the unique needs of seniors and others on Medicare. The company currently has 150,000 members in California and Arizona. Further information may be obtained at scanhealthplan.com or on Facebook (News - Alert) facebook.com/scanhealthplan.com.

About DaVita HealthCare Partners

DaVita HealthCare Partners, a Fortune 500® company, is the parent company of DaVita and HealthCare Partners. DaVita is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. As of September 30, 2013, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 2,042 outpatient dialysis centers in the United States serving approximately 166,000 patients, and at 67 centers in ten countries outside of the United States. HealthCare Partners® manages and operates medical groups and affiliated physician networks in California, Nevada, Florida, Arizona and New Mexico in its pursuit to deliver excellent-quality health care in a dignified and compassionate manner. As of September 30, 2013, HealthCare Partners provided integrated care management for approximately 760,000 managed care patients. For more information, please visit DaVitaHealthCarePartners.com.

DaVita, HealthCare Partners, and DaVita HealthCare Partners are trademarks or registered trademarks of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.


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