) has joined the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative.
This initiative is one of the wide-ranging efforts taken by the
Obama Administration to promote coordinated care at lower costs for
all Americans, using new tools provided by the Affordable Care
In this regard, Aetna has partners with Centers for Medicaid and
Medicare Services (CMS) Innovation Center and 500 primary care
Earlier this year, Aetna was picked by the CMS Innovation Center
to participate in both the New York and Ohio-Kentucky regions. The
company will soon start getting in touch with other practices
selected by CMS to participate in the program. The program will be
launched on November 1, 2012 for Aetna's members and other
This initiative from the CMS Innovation Center will help primary
care practices deliver higher quality, better coordinated, and more
patient-oriented care. The initiative intends to partner with
commercial and public health insurers to promote community-wide
investments in comprehensive primary care.
Following the Affordable Care Act, this collaboration is modeled
after the innovative practices developed by large employers and
others in the private sector. It will invest in primary care
practices throughout various local communities, helping small
businesses, patients and taxpayers use their health care dollars
Another health insurer
) has also announced the implementation of its previously announced
participation in this CMS initiative.
Aetna currently retains a Zacks # 3 Rank, which translates into
a short-term 'Hold' rating. We are also maintaining our long-term
"Neutral" recommendation on the shares.
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