Aetna, PinnacleHealth System Form Accountable Care Relationship

Aetna and PinnacleHealth System recently announced a new accountable care agreement that is designed to improve the quality of care and lower overall health care costs for Aetna commercial plan members in the Harrisburg, Pa., area.

According to a release issued by Aetna, the collaboration will use PinnacleHealth’s comprehensive, integrated system of physicians, hospitals and ambulatory services to give area employers better health care options for their employees by:

  • Creating a more coordinated patient experience;
  • Saving employees money when they use providers aligned with PinnacleHealth; and
  • Improving health care outcomes.

Aetna says it will introduce both fully insured and self-insured health plans in Central Pennsylvania that will use PinnacleHealth’s community-based systems of care and its network of highly respected physicians. The first product, for groups of more than 51 employees, will be available on April 1, 2014. A small-group product for groups of between two and 50 employees will be introduced July 1, 2014. – See for more details.