Eastern Connecticut Health Network on Monday said it has signed a new multi-year network participation agreement with Aetna.
Under the new agreement, Aetna’s commercial and Medicare members will be able to continue receiving covered inpatient and outpatient health care services, at in-network rates, from Rockville General Hospital, Manchester Memorial Hospital and ECHN-owned physician practices, ECHN officials said in a news release.
“We are pleased to have reached a mutually satisfying agreement with a payor who shares our mission of improving outcomes and the health status of the communities we serve,” said Michael Veillette, ECHN’s senior vice president of finance and information services. “It is refreshing to negotiate with a company that understands the financial obligations of health care providers and can agree to reasonable reimbursement rates that keeps quality health care east of the river. It’s a win-win situation for all parties involved. We look forward to a long-term relationship with Aetna."
Added Martha Temple, Aetna’s New England market president, "We are pleased to have reached an agreement with ECHN that enables us to work together to
ensure the delivery of quality, affordable care to our members,” said “We look forward to continuing a constructive working relationship with
ECHN for the benefit of their patients who are our members.”
ECHN is a not-for-profit health care system serving 19 towns in eastern Connecticut, through
Its network of affiliates that include Manchester Memorial Hospital, Rockville General Hospital and Woodlake at Tolland Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
ECHN has been in testy discussions with United Healthcare regarding a new agreement and threatened to suspend the relationship if a new deal were not in place by Saturday.