Gentiva to lay off 75

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

MELVILLE, N.Y. - Three months after its managed care network, CareCentrix, lost a Cigna HealthCare contract, Gentiva announced in late December plans to lay off 75 workers in Connecticut.
In October, CareCentrix lost a Cigna contract for DME and respiratory services to Apria beginning Jan. 31, 2006. Although the managed care network held on to its contract for direct home nursing, the loss still delivered a $40-million hit for fiscal year 2006.
To minimize the blow, Gentiva plans to lay off 75 administrative and claims processing jobs at its CareCentrix facility in East Hartford, Conn., reported the Hartford Courant on Dec. 28.
"With this lower volume of business with Cigna, one of the decision we made was to consolidate those functions in Tampa and Phoenix," where CareCentrix has similar administrative positions, David Fuhrer, a company spokesman, told the newspaper.