Good news for public health advocates:
Aetna officials on Wednesday announced plans to expand the number of disease management programs offered by the company from six to 30, the Hartford Courant reports. Aetna currently offers disease management programs for asthma, chronic heart failure, coronary artery disease, diabetes, end-stage renal disease and lower back pain. Under the expansion, Aetna will begin to offer disease management programs for conditions such as cancer, HIV, hypertension, migraines, peptic ulcers, rheumatoid arthritis, sickle cell disease and stroke. Aetna will group the disease management programs into categories such as pulmonary, orthopedic, oncology, "neuro" and gastrointestinal under the name Aetna Health Connections.
This makes me very happy.