Aetna and Texas Health Resources today announced the creation of a jointly owned health plan company that will focus on improving quality, affordability and the overall consumer experience. By combining Texas Health’s providers and investment in population health management with Aetna’s health plan expertise, care management capabilities and analytical insights, the partnership hopes to provide employers and consumers in North Texas with more affordable, high-quality and better-coordinated care.
According to their press release, the partnership between Aetna and Texas Health is the first of its kind in North Texas to align the incentives and capabilities of a national insurer and major health system. By sharing ownership and accountability equally, the new health plan will focus on the consumer experience by combining fully integrated care teams, health insurance benefits and administrative services to eliminate redundancies of care and to reduce administrative hassles.
Their new fully-insured and self-insured commercial products will be offered to employers and consumers in 14 counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex – including Collin county, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant and Wise counties, and are anticipated to be available on Jan. 1, 2017, pending regulatory approval.
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