CVS Health, Aetna Tackle High Knee Replacements

August 6, 2019

In an effort to reduce readmissions and costs, CVS Health has launched a program to help patients with knee replacements.

CVS Health announced a pilot program designed to improve outcomes for knee replacement patients.

The program, in concert with CVS Health’s recently-purchased Aetna, will allow patients to meet with case managers at select CVS locations to discuss potential sticking points. These include making sure a surgeon is in network or performing a home assessment.

Aetna spokesperson Ethan Slavin says the program could lead to better outcomes and lower costs: “We believe that this program can create an improved experience for members going through knee replacement and improve health outcomes over time. Avoiding hospital readmission, especially after surgery, can also result in significant medical cost savings.

Slavin says that the program will hopefully help patients both better prepare for surgery and recover after.

While there aren’t currently plans for expanding the program, Slavin says it’s something the company is exploring, possibly even including other conditions.