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Help Make a Difference for Millions of People

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Millions of Americans may face fewer healthcare choices and higher costs due to proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage (MA). With healthcare expenses on the rise and chronic conditions becoming more common, these cuts would be a huge step in the wrong direction.

MA offers care coordination and preventive benefits that help people better manage their chronic conditions and avoid additional illnesses or complications. A study published in the American Journal of Managed Care indicated that MA beneficiaries receive better care and experience fewer hospitalizations than those covered by standard Medicare.

We need your help to protect MA and our most vulnerable people. MA is the only government program that provides coordinated care to senior citizens. With the proposed cuts, Americans could experience a decrease in health and quality of life.

There is not a lot of time. March 31 is the deadline to have your voice heard. Tell Congress to stop the cuts at ProtectMyMA.com. It could make a huge difference, and will only take one minute.

Nutrition Tips for Healthy Living By: Dr. Lana Dawood

Nutrition photoThe journey to overall health starts with the food we consume on a daily basis. Intelligent nutrition choices can prevent the onset of many diseases and serve as the linchpin for an active and healthy lifestyle. At Healthcare Partners, we empower our patients to play an active role in maintaining their health and choosing diet and exercise routines that fit their needs. A diet high in water consumption – and low on sugary beverages – is a vital building block in human health. A reusable water bottle in the home and office will serve as a constant reminder of the importance of smart hydration.

Harvard’s School of Public Health recently published 10 tips for healthy eating, and the first tip dispels the common notion that carbohydrates are unhealthy. Whole grains are an example of “good carbohydrates,” while processed carbohydrates are considered “bad carbohydrates” because they tend to have most of their natural nutrients and fiber removed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Contrary to popular belief, not all fats are harmful, although trans fats and saturated fat should be avoided. Plant oils, nuts and fish are the healthiest sources of fat, and fish, poultry, nuts and beans are the best protein sources, according to Harvard’s School of Public Health. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends eating an array of fruits and vegetables: fresh, frozen, low-sodium canned, dried and 100 percent juices are acceptable options. For individuals with high blood pressure or cholesterol, the Mayo Clinic recommends a diet low in sodium, saturated fats and cholesterol, and chock full of vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. A daily multivitamin can be a useful addition to a well-rounded diet.

Healthcare Partners patients have access to nutrition information and tips as part of the Total Care Model, and our team is always eager to answer questions. Under this model of health care, primary care providers, specialists and other team members work as a coordinated team to manage all aspects of patients’ care and overall health. The Total Care Model offers customized nutrition recommendations for patients, and providers encourage their patients to explore the benefits of this service. If you have any questions about nutrition or would like to learn more about services provided by Healthcare Partners, contact your physician’s office today.

DaVita HealthCare Partners’ VillageHealth and Humana Team Up To Create Humana Kidney Care By: Dr. Ama Brobbey, CMO, DaVita HealthCare Partners Nevada

More than 26 million adults across the U.S. are living with chronic kidney disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of those with the disease are not aware they have it, which can pose a significant health risk. If left untreated, chronic kidney disease can lead to renal failure, an irreversible condition that can become fatal without a kidney transplant or dialysis. Chronic kidney disease remains a widespread concern in Nevada, where 3,178 residents are on dialysis, according to national coalition Kidney Care Partners.

In an effort to address this issue, a new special needs plan for Medicare beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is now available in Las Vegas. VillageHealth, the integrated kidney care division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., and Humana Inc. have joined forces to create Humana Kidney Care.

“We have proven that patient outcomes can be impacted through a total care approach,” said Todd Ezrine, president of DaVita VillageHealth. “This special needs plan with Humana gives us the opportunity to do exactly that – help make our patients’ lives better.”

“By delivering special needs plans to Humana’s chronically ill patients, we can tailor the critical aspects of their care to help meet their individual needs,” said Rick Beavin, Desert Region President for Humana’s Senior Products. “Coordinated care plans like VillageHealth have proven to lead to better patient outcomes and improved health-related quality of life, which is why Humana is excited to offer these plans to our Nevada Medicare Advantage members.”

HealthCare Partners Nevada practices the Total Care Model, which means primary care providers are supported by an entire network of nurses, specialists, care managers, diagnostic team members and others, all working in sync to help patients stay healthy. “Total Care” is a patient-centered, comprehensive model designed to help carefully manage patients’ health.

Interdisciplinary care teams coordinate patients’ overall care and navigate their various care settings, such as hospitals and physician offices. Plan members receive their entire Medicare professional and hospital services as well as their prescription drug benefits through Humana Kidney Care.

The Vegas ESRD special needs plan is a partnership between VillageHealth, Healthcare Partners Nevada (HCPNV) and Humana, in close collaboration with the DaVita Kidney Care dialysis centers in the area. HCPNV’s network of physicians and other providers will be used as the provider network for the special needs plan.

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is a leading health and well-being company focused on making it easy for people to achieve their best health with clinical excellence through coordinated care. The company’s strategy integrates care delivery, the member experience, and clinical and consumer insights to encourage engagement, behavior change, proactive clinical outreach and wellness for the millions of people it serves across the country.

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is the parent company of DaVita Kidney Care and HealthCare Partners. DaVita Kidney Care 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.

1. http://www.cdc.gov/Features/dsChronicKidneyDisease/