Anthem to Buy Advanced Care Provider Aspire Health

Anthem said it will buy Aspire Health, joining rivals by getting further into the business of providing medical care outside the hospital in the community.

Privately held Aspire is a provider of “community-based palliative care,” often used by patients facing serious illness , the company says. Aspire said its clinicians help patients manage “pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping and depression.”

Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed but it’s another sign Anthem, which owns Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in 14 states, plans to get further into providing medical care like health insurance rivals UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Aetna, which is selling out to the large drugstore chain, CVS Health…

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