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Aetna and Geisinger Health System Reach New Agreement
|By Business Wire
|July 28, 2014 10:33 AM EDT
Aetna (NYSE: AET)
and Geisinger Health System today announced that they have signed a
five-year contract that provides Aetna members with in-network access to
all Geisinger facilities in Pennsylvania. The contract is the first
direct, systemwide agreement between Aetna and Geisinger.
Under the agreement, Geisinger also renewed its existing contract with
Coventry, which was acquired by Aetna in 2013. Members of all Aetna and
Coventry commercial plans will be able to receive care, at in-network
benefits, from Geisinger Medical Center and its Geisinger-Shamokin Area
Community Hospital campus, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center,
Geisinger-Community Medical Center, Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital, and
Geisinger- Lewistown Hospital.
“Aetna is very excited to have reached this agreement with Geisinger,
which is renowned for its innovative approaches to health care,” said
Laurie Brubaker, president of Aetna’s Pennsylvania, Delaware and West
Virginia operations. “We’ve worked hard to build strong relationships
with leading health systems like Geisinger, and this agreement is an
important validation of those efforts.”
In addition to Geisinger’s six acute care hospitals, all Geisinger
physician clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, skilled nursing
facilities and ancillary home health and hospice services in
Pennsylvania will be part of Aetna’s commercial network. The agreement
adds approximately 1,100 physicians to that network, and gives Aetna
direct contracts with providers in all 67 Pennsylvania counties.
“We are pleased to finalize this agreement so people with Aetna and
Coventry insurance coverage can receive in-network healthcare services
throughout Geisinger Health System,” said David Friel, vice president,
third party contracting for Geisinger.
Aetna provides health benefits to more than 1 million people in
Pennsylvania. Those members have access to a network of 201 hospitals
and more than 35,000 primary care and specialist physicians. Aetna also
employs more than 7,000 people in Pennsylvania.
About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization
widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health
record, and the development of innovative care models such as
ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation’s largest
rural health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 2.6
million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeast
Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 21,000
employees, including a 1,100-member multi-specialty group
practice, eight hospital campuses, two research centers and a
467,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $7.4
billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system
and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for
integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient
care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical
education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org,
or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.
Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits
companies, serving an estimated 44 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, 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 www.aetna.com
and the 2014
Aetna story about how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world.
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