Aetna Announces New Accountable Care Product Leveraging VHAN

September 19, 2017 – Aetna (NYSE: AET) announces a new accountable care product, Aetna Whole HealthSM  – Tennessee, which leverages the strengths of the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, a collaborative partnership of physicians, health systems, and employers in Tennessee and surrounding states. The new product will provide employers a value-based health care option designed to increase quality, improve efficiency and the patient experience, and control costs.

Employers who choose Aetna Whole HealthSM  – Tennessee for their health plan will have the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network’s high-performing alliance of nearly 5,000 doctors, 61 hospitals and more than 60 urgent care centers and walk-in clinics providing clinical care for their employees and their families. Aetna and the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network have collaborated to improve the coordination of care for patients while generating savings for employers of all sizes across the state since 2013.

Aetna Whole HealthSM  – Tennessee will be available to self-insured and fully-insured businesses in the greater Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Upper Cumberland (Cookeville) and Jackson metropolitan areas beginning Oct. 1, for an effective date of Jan. 1, 2018.

“We’re excited to advance our long-standing accountable care collaboration with the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network to bring our innovative Aetna Whole Health solution to Tennessee employers from Memphis to Nashville to Chattanooga,” said Jim Bostian, market president for Aetna’s Tennessee operations. “Our combined strengths are squarely focused on the delivery of quality and cost-effective care, an enhanced care experience, and unmatched support to help members achieve their personal health goals.”

For the last four years, the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network has consistently improved the coordination and experience of care for patients while reducing the total cost of care to create value for employers, members and providers. In 2016, for example, the network delivered cost savings 2.2 percent below market trend to its health plan customers.

This new accountable care offering from Aetna gives employers innovative health care options for their employees and will feature a new model of health care delivery designed to offer:

  • Cost savings to employers and their employees who use providers in the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network;
  • A more coordinated, personalized experience for patients; and
  • Better health care results.

“As one of the region’s largest employers, we know the importance of attracting, retaining and rewarding employees with great benefits that improve their health and productivity at home and at work,” said C. Wright Pinson, M.D., MBA, chairman of the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network’s board and Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Health System officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “We’re proud to offer our broad, high-performing network to bring a new value-based solution for employers large and small across Tennessee.”

New payment agreements reward improvements in quality and value of care

The agreement features a new payment model to reward Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network providers for meeting quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction measures including:

  • The percentage of patients who receive recommended preventive care and screenings;
  • Better management of patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart failure;
  • Reductions in avoidable hospital readmissions; and
  • Reductions in emergency room visits.

Today, Aetna has 275 value-based arrangements with about 6.2 million Aetna members nationally, with approximately 45% of Aetna claims payments made to doctors and providers who practice value-based care. Aetna has committed to increasing to 75% by 2020.

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 46.5 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, 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 and learn about how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world. @AetnaNews

About the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network (VHAN)

VHAN is a collaborative partnership of physicians, health systems and employers driving a new level of clinical innovation and teamwork to enhance patient care, contain costs and improve the health of our communities in Tennessee and surrounding states. The network is the region’s largest physician-led alliance of health care professionals and includes nearly 5,000 clinicians, 61 hospitals, 12 health systems, and hundreds of physician practices and clinics. For more information, visit Participating health systems include:

  • Baptist Memorial Health Care, Memphis, TN
  • Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Cookeville, TN
  • Erlanger Health System, Chattanooga, TN
  • Jennie Stuart Medical Center, Hopkinsville, KY
  • LifePoint Health Tennessee hospitals
  • Maury Regional Medical Center, Columbia, TN
  • Mountain States Health Alliance, Johnson City, TN
  • NorthCrest Medical Center, Springfield, TN
  • Thomas Midtown, Nashville, TN, & St. Thomas Rutherford, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Sumner Regional Medical Center, Gallatin, TN
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  • West Tennessee Healthcare, Jackson, TN
  • Williamson Medical Center, Franklin, TN
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