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Aetna forms ACO with Bridges Health Partners — 3 key points

Aetna's newest value-based care effort is an ACO agreement with Bridges Health Partners in Warrendale, Pa.

Three key points:

1. The deal affects Aetna's Medicare Advantage members in western Pennsylvania.

2. The ACO is intended to improve care coordination, clinical performance, efficiency and costs for 17,000-plus Aetna Medicare members assigned to Bridges providers.

3. Bridges and Aetna will assemble a care management team tasked with proactively managing Medicare Advantage beneficiaries' healthcare needs; improving patient experience, access to medical services and costs; and integrating inpatient and outpatient care teams.

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