Hartford health insurer Aetna is launching a new national program in Connecticut and New Jersey that will incentivize doctors who more actively coordinate and manage their patients’ care across the health care system. Primary care providers who participate in Aetna’s networks and are recognized as a patient-centered medical home practice will receive a quarterly payment for each commercial Aetna member in their care.
The patient-centered medical home is a model of care that requires doctors to improve access to care, increase preventive care services and employ care coordinators. It is considered a key aspect of health care reform centered on the idea of using primary care physicians as central figures in coordinating patient care among specialists, hospitals and other health care providers.
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