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Partners in Primary Care to Open Five New Senior-Focused Primary Care Centers in Houston


Partners in Primary Care and the University of Houston will
collaborate to enhance quality-based care and support the use of best
practices in the delivery of care to seniors

People with Medicare and Medicare Advantage in and around Houston will
have access to senior-focused, primary care centers when Partners
in Primary Care
opens five new medical centers in the metro area.

Partners in Primary Care, a subsidiary of Humana
(NYSE:HUM), is part of a family of senior-focused, primary
care centers that deliver care to 35,000 Medicare Advantage patients.
Each Partners in Primary Care center serves members from many different
Medicare health plans. Like its existing centers, each new Partners in
Primary Care center will be staffed by board-eligible physicians and
care teams who have been specially trained to treat the senior

"At our Partners in Primary Care practices, physicians spend more time
with their patients and our care teams focus on creating personalized
care plans designed to help patients achieve their best possible
health," said Renee Buckingham, president of Humana's Care Delivery
Organization. "Senior-focused care goes well beyond treating you when
you're sick; it can include helping patients with social, behavioral and
financial needs as well."

Four centers will open this summer with one more opening in the fall in
Meyerland. The first four new centers will open in the following

  • Downtown East, 5104 Harrisburg Blvd., Ste. 800, Houston , TX
  • Gulfgate, 545 Gulfgate Center Mall, Houston, TX 77087
  • Jacinto City, 1910 John Ralston Road, Ste. 200, Houston, TX 77013
  • Pasadena, 3915 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, TX 77504

Members of the community can learn more by calling (713) 804-8061.

The new primary care centers are also designed to foster collaboration
with the University of Houston and its Humana Integrated Health System
Sciences Institute. The institute fosters interprofessional team-based
care, with a focus on health professions training programs in the
colleges of medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy and social work. In
September 2018, Humana
and the University of Houston announced
a long-term strategic
relationship to train future health care leaders with a focus on
advancing population health, improving health outcomes and expanding the
use of value-based payment models.

Partners in Primary Care and the University of Houston will collaborate
in a wide variety of ways to enhance quality-based care and support the
use of best practices in the delivery of care, including:

  • Partners in Primary Care centers will be used as learning labs to host
    University of Houston pharmacy and social work students in rotations
    to learn about integrated care first-hand and serve the communities
    closest to the university. Future rotations will also include
    physician and nursing students.
  • Partners in Primary Care and the University of Houston will
    collaborate using data and technology resources to innovate and
    enhance primary care delivery for seniors.
  • Partners in Primary Care will provide input into the development of
    curriculum about integrated models of care for the new University of
    Houston College of Medicine's class of physicians.

"Our goal is to improve health care delivery and the health of our
communities by empowering students to become agents of change," said
Lamar Pritchard, Ph.D., Dean of the UH College of
Pharmacy. "Collaborating with Partners in Primary Care will not only
help seniors live their best lives, but our students will experience the
effectiveness of integrated care first hand. That's a win-win."

"Seniors have different medical and physical challenges than other adult
patients, and those challenges become more unique as they age. Houston
has one of largest and fastest growing populations of seniors and we're
excited about the impact Partners in Primary Care will have on their
quality of life," said Kate Blackmon, Vice President for Partners in
Primary Care. "The partnership with the University of Houston makes
these primary care centers truly stand out, and together we will focus
on finding ways to better care for our aging population to ensure they
live their best life."

The centers will include:

  • A pharmacist who will be embedded in the care model as part of the
    care team. This pharmacist will consult with patients and physicians
    to drive optimal drug therapy and support quality of care initiatives.
  • A clinical advocate who will be part of the care team to consult on
    social services and other behavioral health needs.
  • A community center that will offer free health and fitness
    programming, games and wellness activities that are open to anyone in
    the community with a goal to help seniors stay active and form social
  • Partnerships with the local food banks, churches, and community
    organizations to support the social and well-being needs of patients.

For more information on Partners in Primary Care centers in other
states, visit

About Partners in Primary Care

Partners in Primary Care (Partners) is a primary care medical group
practice operating centers in Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina and South
Carolina, and is expanding into Texas in 2019. Partners has a strong
emphasis on senior-focused primary care to members of Medicare Advantage
health plans. Partners is committed to providing personalized,
high-quality primary care combined with an excellent patient experience.
Partners has experience in both the treatment and management of most
chronic and acute-care conditions. The practices also provide health
education and value-added, well-being services at their centers and
around their neighborhoods to help both patients and community members
improve their health. The management services organization for Partners
is a wholly owned subsidiary of Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM). For more
information visit

About Humana

Humana Inc. is committed to helping our millions of medical and
specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in
care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new
kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being
and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for
people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel,
and communities at large.

To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care
professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place
for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities,
resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy
services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a
simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the
Investor Relations page of the company's web site at,
including copies of:

  • Annual reports to stockholders
  • Securities and Exchange Commission filings
  • Most recent investor conference presentations
  • Quarterly earnings news releases and conference calls
  • Calendar of events
  • Corporate Governance information

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