"Practice iQ was a business we created to allow physician practices to become patient-centered medical homes," newly named Healthagen CEO Dr. Charles Saunders told InformationWeek Healthcare.
"[Healthagen] really is an innovation crucible or innovation arm of Aetna
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Saunders had been named Aetna's president of strategic diversification in 2011 and later served as CEO of the insurance company's Aetna Emerging Businesses business incubator.
now brings all those operations under a single brand name.
"This was an attempt to basically formalize it," Saunders
also will operate Accountable Care Solutions, another Aetna
said that all of Healthagen's offerings will be integrated to allow Aetna
to offer customized packages of services to consumers, healthcare providers and "risk bearers" such as accountable care organizations, employers and even other health plans.
indicated that the Healthagen moniker Saunders is intended to be "neutral" so potential clients, including other payers, have no qualms about working with a division of Aetna
"Most of the [Healthagen companies] are payer-neutral," Saunders
doesn't send data back to Aetna
added, as an example.
Companies operated or incubated by Healthagen
will, however, have access to Aetna's
This currently includes about 22 million enrollees as well as other customers, according to Saunders