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Aetna, Texas Health Resources Form ACO

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Arlington-based Texas Health Resources and Aetna have announced a new accountable care agreement, effective immediately.

The agreement is designed to provide Aetna members in Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Grayson, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall and Tarrant counties with more coordinated care.

The ACO payment model will reward physicians for meeting the following measures:

•    Increase in percentage of members who receive recommended preventive care and screenings
•    Better chronic disease management
•    Reduced avoidable readmissions
•    Reduced emergency room visits by improving primary care access hours

Texas Health is building an integrated, physician-directed population health solution and also uses electronic medical records in its facilities, which will help physicians track their patients and facilitate smoother care transitions.

Aetna is not the first payor Texas Health has partnered with this year: The system announced an ACO with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas earlier this month.

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