|[December 17, 2012]
Aetna and BayCare to Introduce Collaborative Care in Tampa
TAMPA, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
Aetna (NYSE: AET),
BayCare Health System and BayCare Physician Partners, announced today a
new collaborative care agreement designed to improve the quality of care
for Aetna members and lower overall health care costs. The agreement
includes Aetna commercial and Medicare Advantage members.
"Aetna is delighted to participate in this new agreement with BayCare,"
said Mark LaBorde, president of Aetna's Florida markets. "This is the
first of what we expect will be several joint efforts to improve the
overall quality of health care and reduce costs for customers in the
Tampa Bay area."
Aetna members who received care from physicians who are part of
BayCare's clinically integrated network in the last 24 months will
participate in the new collaborative care model. Aetna is also
introducing a Medicare Provider Collaboration model with BayCare
Physician Partners to support Aetna Medicare Advantage members in the
Aetna provides health benefits to more than 1 million people in Florida
through a broad array of commercial and Medicare plans. Its members have
access to a contracted network of 209 hospitals and more than 28,000
primary care and specialist physicians.
BayCare Physician Partners is a group of 1,100 physicians - both
employed by BayCare and independent community physicians - who have
agreed to work together to improve the health of their patients and
enhance the overall quality and efficiency of patient care services in
the Tampa Bay area.
To create this new model of care, BayCare Physician Partners spent more
than a year developing the network and recruiting physicians with
backing from BayCare, the area's leading health system with 10
not-for-profit hospitals, home care, laboratories and outpatient
facilities. The result is a clinically integrated network of physicians
that commit to coordinating with one another and using advanced
technology to manage and improve patient care.
Under the collaborative care agreement, Aetna and BayCare agreed to a
new payment mdel that supports physicians in assuming greater
accountability for the quality and cost of Aetna members' overall health
Aetna will reward BayCare physicians for achieving agreed upon quality
and efficiency measures, including:
the percentage of Aetna members who receive recommended preventive
care and screenings;
improved management of patients with chronic conditions such as
diabetes and heart failure;
reductions in hospital readmission rates; and
reductions in avoidable emergency room visits.
"Our collaboration with Aetna will help evolve the health care delivery
system in the Tampa Bay area into a new, improved model," said Bruce
Flareau, M.D., president of BayCare Physician Partners and executive
vice president, BayCare Health System. "By working together, BayCare and
Aetna can align resources and share information around the goals of
prevention, early detection and chronic disease management, and
ultimately lead to a healthier community."
Aetna is working with a number of health care organizations across the
country to develop products and services that support value-driven,
patient-centered care for all patient populations. Information about
Accountable Care Solutions from Aetna is available at www.aetnaacs.com.
About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the
Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals,
outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral
health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care
throughout a patient's lifetime. With more than 200 access points
conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to
a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for
any health care need.
BayCare's family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin,
Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St.
Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's,
and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the
Web at www.BayCare.org.
About BayCare Physician Partners
BayCare Physician Partners is a clinically integrated network designed
for the future of care. The network is a new model of care that brings
physicians and BayCare's resources into a more clinically and
financially aligned business partnership. BayCare Physician Partners
also has the flexibility to better prepare participating physicians for
changes to the nation's health care system driven by government reform. www.BayCarePhysicianPartners.com.
Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits
companies, serving approximately 37.3 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 and health information technology services. Our
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.
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