Aetna Announces New Accountable Care Agreement in Florida with Lee Physician Hospital Organization

Aug 27 2018

FORT MYERS, FL., May 30, 2018 – Aetna (NYSE: AET) today announced a new accountable care agreement with Lee Physician Hospital Organization  designed to improve the quality and efficiency of care for employers with employees residing in Charlotte, Hendry, Lee and Collier Counties in Southwest Florida.

Aetna members already enrolled in a fully insured plan and who have seen one of Lee PHO physicians in the last 12 months will automatically become part of the collaboration effective immediately. Those members will receive the additional benefit of an integrated care delivery model, which includes the tracking of metrics to achieve higher quality care and lower costs.

“Aetna is aligning with Lee Physician Hospital Organization to advance the delivery of health care in southeast Florida,” said Christopher Ciano, president of Aetna’s operations in Florida. “Our patient-centered collaboration emphasizes accountability for health outcomes and focuses on the quality of care provided. We’re looking forward to leveraging our strong relationship with Lee Physician Hospital Organization to improve the health of the community.”

“The Lee Physician Hospital Organization shares Aetna’s goal of a patient-centered collaboration,” said Anne Rose, Vice President of Lee Physician Hospital Organization. “We know that by working together we can make a difference in our community and for the patients we serve.”

Aetna’s accountable care collaboration with Lee Physician Hospital Organization will feature a new model of health care delivery designed to offer the following benefits to consumers:

  • Enhanced coordination of care among doctors and other care providers;
  • An improved patient experience through high quality care management programs;
  • Use of advanced technology to help providers care for their patients;
  • Lower overall costs for members who see providers that are part of the Lee Physician  Hospital Organization; and
  • Better health care outcomes for patients.

Approximately 9,000 Aetna members will benefit from this new agreement.

Aetna is working with health care organizations nationwide to develop products and services that support value-driven, patient-centered care for health care consumers. Nationally today, more than 7 million Aetna members receive care from doctors committed to the value-based approach, with approximately 53 percent of Aetna claims payments going to doctors and providers who practice value-based care.

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 40.3 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental and behavioral health plans, medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers’ compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna’s customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see and learn about how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world. @AetnaNews

About Lee Physician Hospital Organization 

The Lee Physician Hospital Organization is a local network designed to provide access to health care services for our local employers and benefit administrators who serve our region. There are over 1,000 physicians who participate in the Lee PHO, representing many medical and surgical specialties. The outstanding service provided by these physicians is combined with Lee Health’s award-winning hospital programs in order to offer a wide array of healthcare services to those we serve.

Aetna Media Contact:

Anjie Coplin