RALEIGH, N.C. – Aetna (NYSE: AET) today announced a new collaborative agreement with Community Care Physician Network, LLC (CCPN), to develop innovative ways to transform how health care is delivered in North Carolina.
Beginning in 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, Inc. (CCNC). Together, they will develop innovative ways to deliver health care to Aetna’s Medicare Advantage members in rural areas of North Carolina.
“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.”
“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,” said L. Allen Dobson, Jr., MD, CEO of CCNC. ‘We’re looking forward to this new collaboration.”
Denise Levis-Hewson, Chief Operating Officer of CCPN said, “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.”
Adds Laurie Brubaker, president and CEO of Aetna Medicaid, “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.”
More details on this new agreement will be available in the coming months.
Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 44.9 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers’ compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna’s customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.
About Community Care Physicians Network, LLC
CCPN is a physician-led, clinically integrated network of 2,000 independent physicians in 615 practices focused on improving quality through effective primary care, shared accountability and rewards for hitting quality targets.
About Community Care of North Carolina, Inc.
From the mountains to the coast, from large cities to small towns, Community Care of North Carolina is transforming health care. Informed by statewide data and predictive analytics, community-based care-managers work with local primary care physicians and diverse teams of health professionals to develop whole-person plans of care that connect people to the right local resources. We advance patient-centered practice models and connect different segments of the local health systems. This proven population health management approach delivers better health outcomes at lower costs. For more information, see www.communitycarenc.org
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