Aetna, Emory Healthcare Form Patient-Centered Medical Home

Aetna and Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare have announced a collaborative agreement that will launch a Patient-Centered Primary Care program, which includes a medical home, according to a joint news release.

Aetna Medicare Advantage plan members and Emory's employees and family members covered by the Emory employee health plan (administered by Aetna) can participating in the program. The collaboration also includes more than 60 Emory-affiliated primary care physicians.

The collaborative program will focus on specific quality metrics and incentives, such as encouraging office visits every six months for patients with chronic heart failure or diabetes and confirming that members schedule follow-up visits within 30 days of being discharged.

"Because of the various ways in which the medical home care team and patients partner and communicate, we believe that the medical home approach is much more efficient, and will ultimately result in healthier and more satisfied patients while achieving reductions in avoidable costs," Penny Castellano, MD, chief medical officer and chief quality officer for the Emory Clinic, said in the release.

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