Aetna and Meridian Health are teaming up to create co-branded, commercial, product-based accountable care organization agreement, which is through Meridian Health Partners, Meridian’s clinically integrated network. It offers employers in Monmouth and Ocean counties a health care model designed to improve quality, efficiency and the patient experience.
The ACO includes doctors who are part of Meridian Health Partners, doctors at Meridian hospitals, and affiliated ancillary providers and independent physicians from across Monmouth and Ocean counties. The new commercial health care plan, known as Aetna Whole HealthSM – Meridian Health, gives Aetna members access to highly coordinated care through the physicians of Meridian Health Partners. Health care savings will vary by employer group.
The plans will be available in Monmouth and Ocean counties for self-insured businesses and fully insured customers beginning July 1. Aetna plans to expand the network into other New Jersey counties in the near future. The Aetna Whole HealthSM – Meridian Health network includes over 200 primary care physicians, 700 specialists and six hospitals.
Aetna Whole HealthSM – Meridian Health network plans are designed to give employers better health care options for their employees. The value-based, patient-centric model of health care focuses on keeping people healthy rather than just treating them when they become sick.
The plans feature a new model of health care delivery designed to offer:
– More coordinated, team-based care among doctors and other care providers;
– Enhanced patient experience through best-in-class care management programs and technology that delivers actionable information to providers;
– Lower overall out-of-pocket costs for members who see providers that are part of the Aetna Whole HealthSM – Meridian Health network; and
– Better health care outcomes.
”At Meridian, we’ve maintained a keen focus on growing Meridian Health Partners and our population health strategy to better integrate patient care, reduce costs and increase quality,” said Patrick R. Young, executive vice president of Meridian Health Solutions. “Innovative partnerships like this one with Aetna are helping us maintain this focus and transform the way care is delivered.”