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Aetna, N.J. group to launch ACO

By Melanie Evans
Posted: July 16, 2012 - 5:00 pm ET

Hunterdon HealthCare Partners, Flemington, N.J., will launch an accountable care organization this summer with the insurer Aetna.

The deal will tie payment to the Hunterdon Medical Center and its 225 affiliated doctors to performance on certain metrics, such as reduced hospital readmissions and emergency room visits and other quality, efficiency or patient-satisfaction measures, a news release said.

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The ACO will cover 2,200 Hunterdon HealthCare employees and 5,700 Aetna enrollees, said Jeffrey Weinstein, executive director and CEO of Hunterdon HealthCare.

Aetna members to be included are those “who primarily received care from Hunterdon HealthCare's providers in the last 24 months, as well as those who seek care from Hunterdon HealthCare physicians following the start of the agreement,” the release said. Weinstein said the arrangement does not limit patient choice of provider.

Aetna also will provide access to a heath information exchange, clinical decision support services and performance reporting tools as part of the long-term arrangement, Weinstein said.

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