Aetna Introduces New Value-Based Care Collaboration with Baptist Health & St. Vincent’s HealthCare

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aetna (NYSE: AET) today announced a new value-based collaboration with
Baptist Health & St. Vincent’s HealthCare to deliver care more
efficiently. Together, they will offer employers and employees in Clay,
Duval and St. Johns counties a new health insurance option designed to
improve quality and the patient experience, as well as control costs.

The collaboration includes Baptist Health & St. Vincent’s HealthCare
physicians, hospitals and outpatient facilities in a robust network that
offers members access to every level of health care service they need.
Flagler Hospital will be part of the network in St. Johns County.

The new commercial health benefit plan, known as Aetna Whole HealthSM
– Baptist Health & St. Vincent’s HealthCare, is available to fully
insured and self-insured employer groups with 51 or more employees. It
will focus on wellness and disease prevention, while providing
comprehensive access to the most sophisticated medical and surgical
treatments available in the region.

“Aetna is aligning with physicians and hospitals in the Jacksonville
region to advance the delivery of health care,” said Christopher Ciano,
president of Aetna’s operations in Florida. “Our patient-centered
collaboration emphasizes accountability for health outcomes and focuses
on the quality of care provided. We’re looking forward to taking our
strong relationship with Baptist Health & St. Vincent’s HealthCare to a
new level and improving the health of the community, one member at a

“Those who choose this innovative offering will have the benefit of
comprehensive, convenient, and most importantly, coordinated care,” said
Timothy Groover, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer, Baptist
Physician Partners. “We’re working together to transform the way health
care is delivered in our community, and our aim is to deliver the
highest levels of quality of care, choice, efficiency, value and patient

“Our goal is to meet people where they are and to be there when they
need us most,” said Kyle Sanders, president of population health and
care continuum at St. Vincent’s HealthCare, which is part of Ascension,
the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.
“Collaborations like this can improve the overall quality of care in our
community, while also fostering better working relationships between
doctors, hospitals and health care providers. We’re thrilled to be able
to provide the high-quality, compassionate care we are known for to more
people in our community.”

Aetna Whole HealthSM – Baptist Health & St. Vincent’s
HealthCare plans are designed to give employers better health care
options for their employees with a patient-centric model of health care
focused on keeping people healthy rather than just treating them when
they become sick.

The plans feature a new model of health care delivery designed to offer:

  • Enhanced coordination of care between doctors and other care providers;
  • Improved patient experience through best-in-class care management
  • Use of advanced technology that delivers actionable data and quality
    information to providers;
  • Lower overall out-of-pocket costs for members who see providers that
    are part of the Aetna Whole HealthSM – Baptist Health & St.
    Vincent’s HealthCare network; and
  • Better health care outcomes for patients.

Aetna is working with health care organizations nationwide to develop
products and services that support value-driven, patient-centered care
for health care consumers. Nationally today, about 6.2 million Aetna
members receive care from doctors committed to the value-based approach,
with approximately 40 percent of Aetna claims payments going to doctors
and providers who practice value-based care. Aetna has committed to
increasing that number to 75 percent by 2020.

Aetna provides health benefits to more 1.5 million people in Florida.

About Aetna
Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified
health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 46.3 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
and learn about how Aetna
is helping to build a healthier world
. @AetnaNews

About Baptist Health
Baptist Health is a faith-based,
mission-driven system in Northeast Florida comprised of Baptist Medical
Center Jacksonville; Baptist Medical Center Beaches; Baptist Medical
Center Nassau; Baptist Medical Center South; Baptist Clay Medical Campus
and Wolfson
Children’s Hospital
– the region’s only children’s hospital. All
Baptist Health hospitals, along with Baptist Home Health Care, have
achieved Magnet™ status for excellence in patient care. Baptist Health
is part of Coastal Community Health, a regional affiliation between
Baptist Health, Flagler Hospital and Southeast Georgia Health System
forming a highly integrated hospital network focused on significant
initiatives designed to enhance the quality and value of care provided
to our contiguous communities. Baptist Health has the area’s only
dedicated heart hospital; orthopedic institute; women’s services;
neurological institute, including comprehensive neurosurgical services,
a comprehensive stroke center and two primary stroke centers; a
Bariatric Center of Excellence; a full range of psychology and
psychiatry services; urgent care services; and primary and specialty
care physicians’ offices throughout Northeast Florida. The Baptist MD
Anderson Cancer Center is a regional destination for multidisciplinary
cancer care which is clinically integrated with the MD Anderson Cancer
Center, the internationally renowned cancer treatment and research
institution in Houston. For more details, visit

About Baptist Physician Partners
Baptist Physician Partners
is a physician-led, clinically integrated network committed to improving
the quality of patient care in Northeast Florida. Comprised of employed
and independent physicians, our network is a partnership of providers
and Baptist Health hospitals working collaboratively toward common goals
for improving quality, safety, efficiency and outcomes for our patients.
Learn more at

About St. Vincent’s HealthCare
St. Vincent’s HealthCare
includes: St. Vincent’s Riverside, St. Vincent’s Southside, St.
Vincent’s Clay County, St. Catherine Labouré Manor, St. Vincent’s
Primary Care, Consolidated Laboratories, St. Vincent’s Ambulance Service
and Seton Pharmacies. St. Vincent’s Medical Center was founded by the
Daughters of Charity in 1916 to provide health services to the sick and
the poor of North Florida. St. Luke’s Hospital, now St. Vincent’s
Southside, was founded in 1873 by three women who saw the need for
medical care in the community. It stands as Florida’s oldest private
hospital. St. Vincent’s HealthCare is a member of Ascension, the
nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, with
approximately 160,000 associates serving in 2,500 sites of care,
including 142 hospitals.


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