Aetna and Sut­ter Health to launch joint health plan

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Shelby Liv­ingston

Na­tional in­surer Aetna and Sut­ter Health, a 24-hospi­tal not-for-profit sys­tem based in Sacra­mento, Calif., have struck a deal to launch a health plan de­signed to lower health­care costs for em­ploy­ers and their work­ers.

Start­ing mid-2018, Sut­ter and Hart­ford, Conn.-based Aetna plan to sell cov­er­age to self-in­sured em­ploy­ers in Cal­i­for­nia’s greater Sacra­mento, Cen­tral Val­ley and Bay Area com­mu­ni­ties. The com­pa­nies will later of­fer PPO poli­cies to fully in­sured em­ploy­ers in early 2019.

Aetna in­sures about 415,000 peo­ple in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

The 50-50 joint ven­ture, in which Sut­ter and Aetna would fo­cus on us­ing data an­a­lyt­ics to iden­tify at-risk pa­tients to treat them sooner, is Aetna’s fifth. An Aetna spokes­woman de­clined to re­lease any fi­nan­cial terms of the deal.

The in­surer has formed sim­i­lar joint health plans with Al­lina Health in Min­neapo­lis; Ban­ner Health in Phoenix; Inova Health Sys­tem in Falls Church, Va.; and Texas Health Re­sources.

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