UnitedHealth, Tenet Ink Deal

Tenet Healthcare Corporation on Thursday announced it has signed a multi-year agreement with UnitedHealthcare that will give the insurer’s commercial and Medicare Advantage plan participants access to Tenet’s network. Under the new deal, effective Jan. 1, participants in UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group ( UNH – news – people ) company, have access to health care services at all hospitals owned and operated by Tenet subsidiaries as well as Tenet’s 59 freestanding diagnostic imaging centers and ambulatory surgery centers. Tenet Physicians, Inc., which contracts for the more than 400 physicians employed by various Tenet subsidiaries, is included in the agreement. [Read the full article]

Health insurer Aetna Inc. said Thursday it will expand its employee assistance program and offer additional benefits to staff, plan members and families affected by the earthquake in Haiti.

Aetna said its employee assistance program is now open to all members, employees, and their families who may have loved ones affected by Tuesday’s earthquake. It is also expediting filing of life insurance claims and extending claim submission dates, and matching donations to disaster relief funds made by its employees.

Aetna is also offering assistance and medical evacuation to customers who have employees in Haiti who were injured or affected by the earthquake.

UnitedHealthcare named the City of Austin one of 11 businesses nationwide recognized for its commitment to health. The UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) subsidiary granted the city a “Well Deserved” award for second consecutive year based on its efforts to improve the health and well-being of its employees. Texas Mutual Insurance Company in Austin also garnered the title. Award winners implemented exemplary wellness programs, according to UnitedHealth, that aim to reduce health risks and improve prevention. The programs must prove high-level executive support, active wellness committees or champions, funding and diverse wellness resources. The city runs a “HealthPLUS Wellness Program” that offers free or low-cost education and activity-based programs and health screenings. Services focus on promoting exercise, healthful eating, smoking cessation and prevention of chronic diseases. [Read the full article]

Health insurer Humana Inc. said Thursday it is donating $100,000 to Haiti relief efforts, along with a matching contribution plan, after the worst earthquake there in more than two centuries destroyed a large swath of the country.

The company said it is making the donation through its philanthropic arm, The Humana Foundation. The American Red Cross will receive $50,000, Save the Children will receive $25,000, and Doctors Without Borders will receive $25,000.

It will also match contributions from associates on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to $50,000, to each of the listed organizations, for a total possible donation match of $150,000.

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