July 17, 2012

Aetna, NJ medical system sign ACO pact

Hartford health insurer Aetna has launched another accountable care organization this time with a New Jersey health care system.

Hunterdon Medical Center and its more than 225 affiliated primary care physicians and specialists have signed a contract to join the Aetna ACO, which aims to better coordinate care and share responsibility on cost, quality and patient satisfaction.

Under the new ACO agreement, 2,200 members in the Hunterdon Healthcare employee benefits plan, and approximately 5,700 fully insured Aetna members who live in New Jersey's Hunterdon, Mercer, Warren, Morris and Somerset Counties will be served by the ACO.

Aetna and Hunterdon HealthCare Partners are implementing a payment model that will change the way Hunterdon Healthcare is reimbursed for care. Hunterdon Healthcare will be paid based on achieving certain quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction measures, which are designed to:

  • improve the patient's health care experience through greater care coordination and patient engagement;
  • improve the health of populations; and
  • reduce the cost of health care by aligning payment with quality, patient outcomes and value.
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