IPG Expands a Nationwide Agreement with Aetna to Be Its Designated Implantable Device Benefit Management Provider

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- IPG and Aetna (NYSE: AET) are pleased to announce the expansion of their Implantable Device Benefit Management (DBM) program into North Carolina and South Carolina.

The DBM program is part of a national agreement that will include a state-by-state rollout to all Aetna markets. It has been working successfully with a group of ambulatory surgery centers in Georgia and Florida.

IPG will handle device coordination, billing, replacement, tracking, and other services on a nationwide basis for Aetna-contracted surgical providers who elect to participate in the program.

“Implantable devices represent a significant expense for our members,” said Jarvis Leigh, Aetna’s vice president of network development in the Carolinas. “Our agreement with IPG has been successful in Georgia and Florida, and we’re pleased that it’s being extended to benefit our members in the Carolinas.”

Aetna provides health benefits to approximately 500,000 members in North and South Carolina.

“As the implantable device market continues to grow, IPG is committed to providing valuable solutions that address rising health care costs,” said Jay Ethridge, president and CEO for IPG. “We’re excited to grow our relationship with Aetna, and to continue to deliver value to its members in more markets.”

About IPG

IPG works with large commercial and workers' compensation Health Plans to develop market-based solutions that deliver tangible value in the Implantable Device Benefit Management (DBM) space. The IPG model delivers increased transparency and reduced costs through sustainable partnerships with Health Plans, manufacturers, providers, physicians and patients. We offer solutions that influence quality, utilization, product enhancements and site of service, providing patient access to better, more affordable care and outcomes while effectively driving operational/administrative accuracies and efficiencies and lowering implant device spend. For more information about IPG, call us at 1-866-753-0046, or visit us on the web at www.ipg.com.

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 36.1 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 and health information technology services. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.


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