Aetna and St. John Health System’s Accountable Care Organization Join Forces to Reduce Costs, Enhance Care

Members benefit from an improved patient experience

and St. John Health System, a part of Ascension, the nation’s largest
Catholic and nonprofit health system, today announced a collaboration to
launch Aetna Whole Health St. John OKHI in Tulsa County. This new
health care product enables doctors to deliver highly coordinated care,
track outcomes through shared data, and measure clinical standards to
improve quality and efficiency.

“We are working with providers to build sustainable models of
health care that deliver better outcomes and lower overall costs,” said
Jason Keibler, Head of Aetna’s Oklahoma network. “Together with St. John
Health System, we will be moving away from a focus on quantity of
services to one that offers quality care at a more affordable price. The
outcome can be a better patient experience, a healthier community and
improved access to the right care at the right place and time.”

As part of Aetna Whole Health St. John OKHI, Aetna members will
receive coordinated care through Tulsa-area St. John hospitals and more
than 500 primary care physicians and specialists that are part of the
St. John accountable care organization, Oklahoma Health Initiatives

“We are pleased with Aetna’s decision to join with St. John in our
longstanding commitment to reduce medical costs for Oklahomans through
effective coordination of health care and improved quality outcomes,”
said David Pynn, chief executive officer of St. John Health System. “We
have a unique opportunity to expand health care coverage and improve
access in Tulsa through aligning the goals of St. John, our
participating physicians and Aetna to transform health care right here
in our own backyard.”

Aetna Whole Health St. John OKHI will be available to
self-insured and fully insured businesses effective July 1, 2016, and to
small businesses from October 1, 2016.

Aetna Whole Health St. John OKHI members will see:

  • Coordinated, team-based care among doctors and other care providers;
  • Enhanced patient experience through high-quality care management
    programs and technology that delivers information to all providers;
  • Lower overall out-of-pocket costs for members who see providers that
    are part of Aetna Whole Health St. John OKHI; and
  • Better health care outcomes.

New payment agreement to reward improvements in quality and cost of

The agreement rewards achievement of quality and
efficiency measures, including:

  • The percentage of Aetna members who receive recommended preventive
    care and screenings;
  • Better management of patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes
    and heart failure; and
  • Decreasing avoidable emergency room visits and hospital readmissions
    through the proactive management by care teams.

St. John’s accountable care organization (ACO), named Oklahoma Health
Initiatives (OKHI), launched in January 2014 as Oklahoma’s first ACO and
is a collective of both St. John and affiliate providers. OKHI works
with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to maintain and follow
a plan that meets the required operational elements of establishing,
reporting and ensuring compliance with health care quality criteria to
better serve Medicare beneficiaries and other populations attributed to
ACO providers.

Aetna works with health care organizations nationwide to develop
products and services that support value-driven, patient-centered care
for health care consumers. Nationally today, about 6.2 million Aetna
members receive care from doctors committed to the value-based approach,
with about 40 percent of Aetna claims payments going to doctors and
providers who practice value-based care. Aetna has committed to
increasing that number to 75 percent by 2020.

About Aetna
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health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 46.5 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, behavioral
health, group life and disability plans, and 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
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About Oklahoma Health Initiatives (“OKHI”)
Oklahoma Health
Initiatives is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) that has received
Medicare approval to participate in Medicare’s Shared Savings program.
OKHI is wholly owned by St. John Health System and was formed in 2013.
ACOs are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers,
who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high-quality care to
their Medicare patients. According to Medicare, the goal of coordinated
care is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the
right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of
services and preventing medical errors. The OKHI patient care model
envisions a person-centered approach to health care emphasizing
prevention and wellness, chronic disease management, and better care
coordination across the full continuum of care. We seek to improve the
health status of each patient in a manner that spends health care
dollars wisely and effectively.

About St. John Health System
St. John Health System is a
not-for-profit Catholic health care system founded in 1926. St. John
operates hospitals in Tulsa, Owasso, Broken Arrow, Sapulpa, Bartlesville
and Nowata, as well as physician offices throughout northeastern
Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas. Other subsidiaries of St. John Health
System include St. John Clinic, St. John Clinic Urgent Care and medical
complexes in south Tulsa and Claremore. St. John serves more than 3,500
patients every day. St. John is a member of Ascension, the nation’s
largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.

About Ascension
Ascension (
is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation
through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest
non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic
health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate,
personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in
poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2015, Ascension provided nearly
$2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community
benefit programs. Approximately 160,000 associates and 36,000 aligned
providers serve in 2,000 sites of care – including 137 hospitals and
more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of
Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries
provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice
management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical
engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk
management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing


Aetna Media Contact
Rohan Hutchings, 773-687-5419
John Media Contact

Joy McGill, 918-231-9924