Aetna, The US Oncology Network Provide More Evidence That Clinically Proven, Integrated Cancer Care Enhances Quality and

  Aetna, The US Oncology Network Provide More Evidence That Clinically Proven,
  Integrated Cancer Care Enhances Quality and Controls Costs

– Positive outcomes from new study presented at ASCO Quality Care Symposium –

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HARTFORD, Conn. & THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- December 06, 2012

Aetna (NYSE: AET) and The US Oncology Network recently announced results of
their cancer management program. Members in the program had the same or better
health outcomes compared to members who were not part of the program. The
program effectively decreased emergency room (ER) visits by 39.8 percent,
decreased hospital admissions by 16.5 percent and reduced the number of
hospital days by 35.9 percent among 184 enrolled members. The program resulted
in approximately 12 percent cost savings among lung, breast and colorectal
cancers alone. Outcomes of the program were unveiled at the American Society
of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) inaugural Quality Care Symposium held Nov. 30 –
Dec. 1 in San Diego.

The program was developed with Innovent Oncology, a business within McKesson
Specialty Health that draws upon the expertise and resources developed by The
US Oncology Network. Guidelines based on medical evidence and nurses certified
in cancer care were used to reduce ER and in-patient admissions. Such
reductions lower the cost of cancer treatment and improve care quality. The
pilot was available to Aetna members treated by physicians with Texas
Oncology, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, between June 2010 and April
of this year.

“We know from our 2010 lung cancer study that using clinical evidence in
cancer care leads to the same or better results, with lower costs. I’m pleased
that this expanded program provides additional support for members. And it
improved the quality of care across many types of cancer,” said Lonny Reisman,
M.D., Aetna chief medical officer. “We will continue to work with the medical
community to bring this kind of clinical information – and more – into
real-time decision making to improve health care and lower costs.”

The Innovent Oncology program supports patients before the first scheduled
treatment and continues throughout the course of therapy. Three key components
ensure consistency in care, control costs and provide a better experience:

1.Level I Pathways and Health Information Technology – Guidelines based on
    evidence direct treatment to clinically proven options that optimize
    outcomes and minimize side effects. Health information technology gives
    doctors electronic access to these guidelines and other decision-support
    resources at the point-of-care.
2.Patient Support Services –Innovent Oncology’s nurses work with the
    oncology practices and Aetna’s care management team to provide proactive
    care to patients. The nurses specialize in cancer care and help manage
    treatment symptoms and side effects, including depression.
3.Advance Care Planning – Members have access to end-of-life planning and
    support, if those hard decisions become necessary. Innovent nurses as well
    as clinicians from Aetna’s Compassionate Care program who have expertise
    in end-of-life support offer these services.

“This program helps patients and families face cancer with fewer side effects,
less time in treatment and less financial strain,” said J. Russell Hoverman,
medical director, Managed Care, The US Oncology Network.

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits
companies, serving approximately 37.3 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

About The US Oncology Network

The US Oncology Network is one of the nation’s largest networks of
community-based oncology physicians dedicated to advancing cancer care in
America. Like-minded physicians are united through The Network around a common
vision of expanding patient access to high-quality, integrated cancer care in
communities throughout the nation. Leveraging healthcare information
technology, shared best practices, refined evidence-based medicine guidelines,
and quality measurements, physicians affiliated with The US Oncology Network
are committed to advancing the quality, safety, and science of cancer care to
improve patient outcomes. The US Oncology Network is supported by McKesson
Specialty Health, a division of McKesson Corporation focused on empowering a
vibrant and sustainable community patient care delivery system to advance the
science, technology and quality of care. For more information, visit

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Tammy Arnold, 713-721-7891
Trasee Carr, 614-855-6254
For The US Oncology Network
Claire Crye, 281-863-6783
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