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CVS Health Corp.’s Aetna Inc. subsidiary expanded its partnership with WellBe Senior Medical to provide in-home primary care for the insurer’s senior members in the Chicago area. The partnership launched in the Atlanta market in July. In a company press release, WellBe CEO Jeffrey Kang, M.D., said the deal is part of Aetna’s pandemic response: “I’ve never understood why we would insist on a sick patient seeing us in the office, when it’s easier, more comfortable, and more effective for the patient to have medical care go to them. We can practically do everything that is done in a doctor’s office at the patient’s home. Bringing care to the patient is particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep patients safe in the comfort of their own home.” Aetna is also working with Landmark Health to bring in-home services to chronically ill Medicare Advantage members in the New York City boroughs and Long Island, Albany, Rochester and Buffalo. Read more at https://prn.to/3hY3RKG and https://yhoo.it/2F1V6AW.

A new survey by the Harris Poll indicates that Americans trust their clinicians most for advice about whether to receive a potential COVID-19 vaccine, with 88% of respondents saying they found doctors and nurses very or somewhat trustworthy. Respondents perceived nationally known health systems like the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic to be nearly as trustworthy, with 84% of respondents finding those providers very or somewhat trustworthy — more than federal institutions like the CDC (72%) and FDA (72%). Health plans and employers were far behind providers, with 61% of respondents finding them trustworthy. Read more at https://bit.ly/3jH6ktx.

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