Aetna and Texas Health Resources Form Accountable Care Collaboration|
DALLAS and ARLINGTON, Texas — Aetna (NYSE: AET) and Texas Health Resources today announced a new accountable care agreement in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex. The collaboration is designed to improve the quality of care for Aetna members and lower overall health care costs. The agreement, effective immediately, will include Aetna members in Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Grayson, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall and Tarrant counties.
“Texas Health is collaborating with Aetna, physicians and employers to develop an accountable care model that not only cares for people when they are ill, but also focuses on keeping people healthy and out of the hospital unless they are acutely sick or injured,” said Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources. “Together, we are leading the way in transforming from the fee-for-service model to a value-based model. We are creating a physician-directed care-team approach that we believe will foster more accountability across the continuum of care, from the individual patient to the physician to every other provider on the team. Our ultimate goal is to help physicians manage the health of their patient populations and improve their health and well-being.”
Ralph Holmes, president of Aetna’s Texas operations, said, “We are excited to be working with Texas Health Resources to bring a new level of health care to our members. Texas Health Physicians Group physicians will lead the team in a care environment that focuses on improving quality, reducing cost and delivering more value to the patient, no matter what their health care needs may be. We believe our members will receive more coordinated care that will lead to better health outcomes.”
Texas Health Physicians Group is Texas Health Resources' 501(a) not-for-profit health corporation for member physicians. It includes more than 750 physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and medical professionals.
Accountable care models drive focus on more coordinated care
Dr. Michael Stoltz, president of Texas Health Physicians Group, said, “One of our goals is to provide physicians with better predictors of health risk earlier in a patient’s life. By implementing behavior interventions early, we can improve health and outcomes in the long term. We will also provide tools to help physicians better manage patients with multiple chronic conditions who need immediate interventions. Such resources and tools can help physicians more efficiently manage a growing patient population, keep the healthy patient well and focus on patients needing their guidance most.”
New payment agreements reward improvements in quality and costs of care
Texas Health uses electronic health records in all of its wholly-owned facilities and is building an integrated physician-directed population health solution. This information infrastructure will help physicians identify trends in their patient populations. It will also help them identify individual patients who have health risks and could benefit from early interventions.
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 aetnaacs.com.
About Texas Health Resources
For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355), or visit TexasHealth.org.