Chicago-based Oak Street Health, a network of primary care centers providing value-based care of Medicare patients, has entered into a value-based network agreement in Michigan and Indiana with Connecticut’s Aetna, a CVS Health company.
Effective April 1, Aetna Individual Medicare Advantage members and retirees who receive coverage through Aetna Group Medicare Advantage plans will have access to Oak Street Health’s primary care centers. Michigan locations include one in Cherry Hill, Hazel Park, Jefferson Village, Rosedale Park, and Southgate. A center in each Burton and Flint are scheduled to open soon.
“Expanding our partnership with Aetna will bring our proven model of preventive, personalized care to Aetna’s members in Indiana and Michigan,” says Rafe Petty, division president of Oak Street Health.
“We couldn’t be more excited to introduce an additional 1.6 million Medicare-eligible Aetna members to our holistic approach to health. We look forward to seeing these members in our centers throughout Michigan and Indiana over the coming months.”
Oak Street’s community-based care model focuses on the overall value of health care for its patients, and its facilities offer more comprehensive services than a traditional doctor’s office, including 24-hour access to a physician, flexible scheduling, and community health and wellness events.
“Aetna is a leader in providing innovative ways to access care for our members, enabled by strong, collaborative provider partnerships with aligned incentives for all,” says Gregg Kimmer, executive director and general manager for Aetna Great Lakes Individual Medicare Advantage plans.
“By working together with Oak Street Health, we will be able to collectively help deliver improved outcomes and a superior experience to our Medicare members, meeting them in their communities where many of the conversations between patients and providers occur.”
Oak Street operates primary care centers for adults on Medicare in medically underserved communities. Its care is based on a model that is based on value for its patients, not on volume of services.
Aetna serves an estimated 39 million people with information and resources. It offers a range of traditional, voluntary, and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, and behavioral health plans and medical management capabilities.