FCHP Partners With VNA to Acquire Home Services Agency

Washington — Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP) and VNA Care Network & Hospice announced today a joint venture to acquire Worcester-based Home Staff, a privately held, home supportive services agency that provides a variety of in-home services from four offices inMassachusetts. The new company will be called Home Staff, LLC. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The health and wellness of the communities we serve is of vital importance to us, and our new partnership with VNA Care Network & Hospice gives us even more opportunities to provide critical services to residents in Massachusetts, said Eric H. Schultz, President and CEO, Fallon Community Health Plan. Together, we have the ability to offer an innovative approach to long term care.

Home Staff, which was founded in 1977, has cultivated a reputation of delivering the highest quality care to its clients. Their 370-plus employees currently provide nearly 400,000 hours of services annually to clients in Massachusetts. With locations in Worcester, Centerville,Leominster and West Springfield, the Home Staff team of experienced, compassionate home care professionals provides support services to help patients in their home. These services include personal care, cleaning, errands, escorts to medical appointments and respite/companionship. These and many other care-related services are available up to 24 hours, seven days a week.

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About ACHP

ACHP represents innovative health plans and provider organizations that continually strive to deliver the highest quality health care, improve the health of their patients, maximize patient satisfaction, and reduce per capita health care costs. ACHP members consistently rank as among America’s best plans at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care to their communities. ACHP health plans have deep roots in the communities they serve, and provide health insurance and coverage to over 15 million individuals in the United States. Drawing on years of experience, members collaborate, share strategies and best practices, and work toward solutions to some of the biggest challenges in health care delivery and policy. More information is available at www.achp.org.

About FCHP

Founded in 1977, Fallon Community Health Plan provides health care services designed to meet the unique and changing needs of all we serve. FCHP is the only health plan inMassachusetts that is both an insurer and provider of care. Its product portfolio includes a variety of group and individual health plan options (HMO, POS, PPO, Medicaid and Medicare Advantage plans) featuring flexible and innovative benefit designs. It administers fully-insured and self-insured funding arrangements with customized services for employers. Its uniquely developed provider networks offer high-quality, cost-effective, coordinated care and give our members access to doctors and hospitals throughout Massachusetts. It also offer a broad spectrum of services and programs to ensure our members, at every stage of life, remain as healthy and productive as possible. FCHP is a provider of care through its Summit ElderCare program, an advanced and completely integrated program that offers seniors and their caregivers an alternative to nursing home placement. Its continued commitment to deliver high-quality health care and exceptional customer service has earned FCHP consistent ratings as one of the nations top health plans, and in 2007, placed our Medicare and Medicaid health plans as the best in the nation. FCHP is the only health plan in Massachusetts to have been awarded Excellent Accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for our HMO, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid products. More information is available at www.fchp.org.