Aetna, Memorial Hermann Form Accountable Care Collaboration in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties

Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:00pm EST

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HOUSTON--(Business Wire)--
Aetna (NYSE: AET), Memorial Hermann Health System and the MHMD Memorial Hermann
Physician Network today announced an accountable care collaboration which is
anticipated to be available on April 1 in Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend
counties. This new agreement will give Aetna members access to highly
coordinated care from physicians and facilities in the Memorial Hermann
Accountable Care Network. 

"Aetna is committed to changing the health care system from one that focuses on
volume to one that focuses on quality of care and affordability," said Joseph M.
Zubretsky, Aetna senior executive vice president and chief financial officer who
also leads the company`s strategic diversification businesses. "Our agreement
with Memorial Hermann Health System and MHMD Memorial Hermann Physician Network
will ensure that our members receive care that helps them live healthier, more
productive lives." 

The accountable care collaboration will give employers better health care
options for their employees, and will feature a new model of health care
delivery designed to offer:

* A more coordinated, personalized experience for patients; 
* Cost savings to employees who use providers in the Accountable Care Network;
* Better health care outcomes.

Accountable care models drive focus on more coordinated care

An accountable care collaboration is a group of health care providers who assume
responsibility for the quality and cost of care for a group of patients. Aetna
members will receive an enhanced level of coordinated care in addition to the
member benefits of their current Aetna plan. 

New payment agreements reward improvements in quality and costs of care

The agreement features a new payment model to reward Memorial Hermann physicians
for meeting quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction measures, including:

* The percentage of Aetna members who get recommended preventive care and
* Better management of patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and
heart failure; 
* Reductions in avoidable hospital readmission rates; and 
* Reductions in emergency room visits.

"Memorial Hermann, MHMD, and Aetna share a vision to provide Houston with the
highest quality care at a reasonable cost," said Dan Wolterman, president and
CEO of the Memorial Hermann Health System. "We are delighted we will be able to
positively impact the health of more people in our community through this new

Memorial Hermann`s partnership with more than 2,000 MHMD physicians creates an
award-winning clinically integrated health care delivery system. Chris Lloyd,
MHMD CEO, said, "The clinically integrated system will provide a more
coordinated, personalized health care experience for Aetna Whole Health
members." Health information is shared electronically in a quick, secure fashion
between the Memorial Hermann hospitals, outpatient facilities, physicians and

"Our relationship with Aetna is consistent with MHMD`s decision to invest in
accountable care principles, supporting technologies and physician-driven
evidence based medicine," said Emmett McDonald, MD, Chairman of the Board, MHMD
Physician Network. "We look forward to this collaboration." 

Ralph Holmes, president of Aetna`s Texas operations, added, "We are excited at
the opportunity to work with Memorial Hermann and MHMD to improve the quality of
care for our members and to lower health care costs." 

Aetna is working with health care organizations across the country to develop
products and services that support value-driven, patient-centered care. Aetna`s
solutions help all types of patients, regardless of payer. Information about
Accountable Care Solutions from Aetna is available at 

About Memorial Hermann

An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for world-class clinical
expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology and innovation. The
system, with its exceptional medical staff and more than 20,000 employees,
serves to advance health in Southeast Texas and the Greater Houston community.
Memorial Hermann's 12 hospitals include three in the Texas Medical Center that
are affiliated with The University of Texas (UTHealth) Medical School, eight
suburban hospitals and a second rehabilitation hospital in Katy. The system also
operates the Texas Trauma Institute, three Heart & Vascular Institutes, the
Mischer Neuroscience Institute, two lronman Sports Medicine Institutes, numerous
cancer centers, 25 imaging centers, 18 surgery centers, 33 sports medicine and
rehabilitation centers, 24 diagnostic laboratories, a chemical dependency
treatment center, the area`s largest home health agency, a retirement community
and a nursing home. Memorial Hermann Medical Group is the system`s employed
physician group. For more information, visit 

About Aetna

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

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Anjie Coplin, 214-200-8056
Memorial Hermann:
Beth Sartori, 713-242-4757

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