Aetna collaborates with North Carolina's physician network


Aetna collaborates with North Carolina's physician network

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Health insurer Aetna has entered into a new collaborative agreement with Community Care Physician Network(CCPN), to develop innovative ways to transform how healthcare is delivered to Aetna’s medicare advantage members in North Carolina.

Under the agreement beginning January 2018, Aetna will combine its expertise in alternative value-based delivery models with CCPN independent physicians’ advanced medical homes in association with the care management expertise of Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC).

"Aetna has a long history of working with provider groups to create solutions that improve the health care experience and outcomes for our members," said Jim Bostian, market president for Aetna in North Carolina. "We are excited to work CCPN and CCNC to serve our Medicare Advantage members, particularly those who reside in areas outside of the urban markets."

Allen Dobson, CEO of CCNC, added: "Both Aetna and CCNC believe that a national insurance carrier and a local primary care network working together can improve quality, make the health care experience easier, make care more efficient and reduce health care costs. We’re looking forward to this new collaboration."

Denise Levis-Hewson, chief operating officer of CCPN, added: "This is an opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of a high-performing primary care network with Aetna’s Medicare Advantage membership and we believe this experience will also prepare independent primary care physicians, in partnership with Aetna, for the eventual move to Medicaid managed care in the future."

Laurie Brubaker, president and CEO of Aetna Medicaid, commented: "This agreement aligns with the changes taking place in health care right now both in the state and nationwide, and we look forward to working with CCPN and CCNC to develop a health care delivery system that will drive sustainable improvements for Aetna’s members in 2018 and in the future."

Aetna, Health insurance, North Carolina, Community Care Physician Network, US