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With Aspire Deal, Anthem's The Latest Insurer To Seek Medicare's Sickest Patients

Bruce Japsen

Anthem’s acquisition of palliative care provider Aspire Health is the latest effort by the health insurance industry to tap further into the management of serious advanced illness and end of life care, particularly for seniors in Medicare Advantage plans. Last month, Humana said it is buying a 40% stake in hospice provider Curo Health Services as part of a $1.4 billon acquisition by the insurer and private equity firms TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.