New Aetna network combines Duke, WakeMed providers

Aetna established a valued-based accountable care organization with Durham, N.C.-based Duke Health and Raleigh, N.C.-based WakeMed Health & Hospitals, the Triangle Business Journal reported.

The resulting product — to be called Aetna Whole Health-Duke Health & WakeMed — includes WakeMed Key Community Care's 370 primary care providers and 750 specialty care providers. WakeMed Key Community Care is an ACO that includes WakeMed Health & Hospitals, WakeMed Physician Practices and Key Physicians. Duke Health includes 2,131 providers.

"Working collaboratively with Aetna in this new health plan is an emphatic step toward reshaping and improving the care delivery system for all stakeholders: patients, providers and purchasers," Brian Klausner, MD, WakeMed primary care physician and WKCC medical director, told the Triangle Business Journal

Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna insures 550,000 in North Carolina. 

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