Saturday, October 31, 2009

Aetna Signs Agreement with WellStar Health System

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aetna (NYSE: ΑET) and WellStar Health System of Marietta, Ga. announced today that they have reached agreement on a three-year contract that provides access for Aetna’s Medicare Advantage members to the hospital’s facilities and physicians.

Under this new agreement, Aetna Medicare Advantage plan members will be able to receive covered services, at in-network rates, from WellStar facilities in the greater Atlanta area. Earlier this year, Aetna and WellStar reached agreement on a contract that applied to members of Aetna’s commercial plans. Aetna members also will be able to continue receiving covered services from WellStar physicians.

“Aetna is very pleased to expand its relationship with WellStar,” said Ramzy Elgomayel, Aetna’s vice president of network operations for Georgia. “WellStar has provided excellent care to our commercial-plan members for several years, and we’re delighted to be able offer in-network access to their facilities and providers for our Medicare Advantage plan members.”

“The expansion of the Aetna contract to cover the Medicare Advantage members further solidifies our relationship,” said Barbara Corey, senior vice president of managed care for WellStar. “We look forward to providing exceptional health care services to these members.”

Aetna provides health benefits to approximately 600,000 members in Georgia. Those members have access to a network that includes 80 contracted hospitals and more than 9,500 primary care physicians and specialists.

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