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Aetna Sets Up Quality-Based Specialty Network

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NU Online News Service, Sept. 29, 2003, 1:43 p.m. EDT – Aetna Inc., Hartford, is trying to use quality measures to pick the doctors in a new specialist physician network.

Managers are choosing the doctors in the Aexcel network by looking at indicators for factors such as efficiency, number of Aetna members served and clinical outcomes.

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The first specialties included in the network will be cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, gastroenterology, general surgery, obstetrics-gynecology and orthopedics.

Aetna is testing the network design by offering it alongside traditional managed care provider networks in the Dallas-Fort Worth, North Florida and Seattle-Western Washington markets.