May 7, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 2:22 pm

Aetna, IPG expand implantable-device pact to Carolinas

Hartford health giant Aetna Inc. and IPG have expanded their Implantable Device Benefit Management (DBM) program into North Carolina and South Carolina, authorities say.

Financial terms weren't disclosed Monday.

The DBM program is part of a national agreement that will include a state-by-state rollout to all Aetna markets. It has been working successfully with a group of ambulatory surgery centers in Georgia and Florida.

IPG will handle device coordination, billing, replacement, tracking, and other services on a nationwide basis for Aetna-contracted surgical providers who elect to participate in the program.

Aetna provides health benefits to approximately 500,000 members in North and South Carolina.

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